Preseason has been going well, with Ferrara particularly focusing on the physical condition of the players. When I first heard this, it sent a lump into my throat and I imagined the rash of injuries that would spread through the camp. So far, no real injuries have occurred though nearly all of the players have confirmed Ferrara has been pushing them hard. It is for two causes- the new formation, and the mentality. Ciro has said he wants Juve to fight hard, to be "energetic with the ball, and hungry without it."
The new formation is going to typically be a 4-3-1-2, from how the players have been training. Diego isn't quite ready and Giovinco is out due to his nose surgery, so in matches Del Piero has been pushing back to the trequartista position. He has confirmed he does not like to play in that role, but is plenty willing to do it for the time being. Tiago has impressed in the 3-man midfield, which makes sense given his best performances at Chelsea and Lyon were in a 3-man midfield.
Juve's medical bulletin was posted today, and thank God, it's the shortest we've seen in a long time. (and only full of good news) De Ceglie's injury recovery is going well (from the left-ankle injury in the U-21 Euros) and will be travelling with the team to the Peace Cup, though he will not be playing and continuing his program. Diego is undergoing a special program as his fitness levels are lower than the rest of the teams, hence why ADP has been playing trequartista in games, and Giovinco should be back in a week. Momo Sissoko felt a pain in his foot where he broke it last season and underwent x-rays, but they confirmed it was just a bit of swelling and will undergo some treatment, physical therapy, and will be back to full condition in a matter of days.
Here's a bunch of training photos from the last two weeks or so, enjoy!
Though Ferrara has been putting the team through their paces, that is not the only thing that the Juventini have been up to at training camp. They've been working on physical strength in the gym, but also some more fun activities to allow the players to relax and enjoy themselves, like Del Piero's favorite golf, even a surprising new fact about Mr. Versatility, our Brazzo.
While Manninger was out early morning fishing, Trez was buying new French suits, and ADP was perfecting his swing, Brazzo and Amauri decided to hang out. First, they went to the local market to get some fruit. And then Brazzo made an offer Amauri couldn't refuse. A helicopter ride.
Training continues until tomorrow, when preparations for the Peace Cup in Andalucia begin.