Juventus' first friendly wasn't anything really to write home about. Borussia Dortmund were the team that was further along in their preseason training, and they were the better team in Switzerland just a few short days ago.
You could tell just by simply watching bits and pieces of the game that Dortmund's preseason preparations were on one of the deal and Juventus' were on the other side of the spectrum. And that's okay. You could count the amount of full-squad training days Juve had before their meeting with Dortmund last week. The players knew it — and certainly noticed it once the game against Dortmund got underway.
What's in store for Juventus Friendly No. 2 of the 2015-16 season today? Ah, well that's the golden question. If anybody knows, please let me know!
Juventus has hit the road once again, this time to Poland as they continue their preparations for the Italian Super Cup and the start of the Serie A season next month. Juventus manager Max Allegri has called up 25 players, with pretty much all the expected parties included on the match day squad. There are more injured players than the trip to Switzerland a few days back. Joining Kwadwo Asamoah on the injury list are Fernando Llorente (twisted ankle) and Andrea Barzagl9 (thigh) while both Roberto Pereyra and Mauricio Isla stayed back in Turin after just returning from their summer vacations.
Above all else, Allegri and his Juventus squad will look to take a step forward following the 2-0 loss to Borussia Dortmund. As much as it's about getting work in and making improvements in a physical capacity, Allegei certainly wants to say more than just "it was a decent workout" in a couple of hours. A goal, for one, would be nice.
And maybe, just maybe, they can give Daniele Rugani a nice little 21st birthday present. On the field, that is.
Hopefully the final result and overall team performance can meet Lichtsteiner's expectations. You know those Swiss folks are with their attention to detail and punctuality.
Juventus (3-5-2): Gianluigi Buffon; Daniele Rugani, Leonardo Bonucci, Giorgio Chiellini; Stephan Lichtsteiner, Stefano Sturaro, Sami Khedira, Paul Pogba, Simone Padoin; Paulo Dybala, Simone Zaza
Lechia Gdansk: Budzilek, Rudinilson, Lukasik, Mak, Wisniewski, Dzwingala, Haraslin, Pawlowski, Chrzanowski, Markovic, Stolarski
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