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The Italian champions will look to get their season up and running. Goal.com looks at the pre-season friendlies that Juventus will play before they begin the title defence

Riding high on their unbeaten league season, Juventus will have to bring their feet on the ground again as they will want to carry on their winning momentum going into their new season. The Serie A champions were to travel to USA for their pre-season tour and were to face DC United, PSG and Real Madrid but the plan was shelved given that they had to travel again to China to take on Napoli in the Super Coppa Italiana on August 11. Due to considerable amount of time that will be wasted in travelling, manager Antonio Conte was in favour of organising three friendlies in Europe itself.

Back to work from July 12th


Juventus are back on the field on 12th July, 2012. The 8 Azzurri players who took part in the Euros were noticable absentees. But some stars were certainly on the field such as Arturo Vidal and Mirko Vucinic.

Pre-Season Friendlies

I
Juventus v/s Inter Milan and AC Milan

Date: 21st July, 2012

Venue: Bari, Italy

Kick Off: 20.45 (local time)

18.45 GMT/23.45 IST

 


Every year the official sponsor of the Italian Serie A, TIM, holds a competition in which three Italian teams are involved. Juventus have a perfect opportunity to test their new signings as they will play against the top 2 teams from the Serie A. The game of 45 minutes will be played in a round robin format at Bari and the points distribution will be according to the league format.

About the opposition

Inter have had a miserable campaign last season which saw them not even qualifying for the Champions League after finishing 6th. However, their quality cannot be tested as they would like to put the past behind them and would like to focus on the new season. The departure of Lucio has seen the Inter defence weaken a little but the Argentine defender Silvestre fits the bill. He will be the man to watch out for as he has big boots to fill.

AC Milan would like to make amends by getting off to a perfect start. This platform will help the team get back to full fitness before they challenge for the title once again. With Ibrahimovic and Silva being priced away from the club, Kevin Prince Boateng will be expected to fire for the Milan side. His pace and trickery will make him the man to watch out for.

 

II
 Hertha Berlin v/s Juventus

Date: 28th July, 2012

Venue: Olympiastadion, Berlin

Kick Off: To be decided


Juventus will play their second pre season match against Hertha Berlin. The German based outfit have had mixed seasons so far seeing themselves relegated in 2010, coming back in 2011 and relegated once again in 2012. Juventus will seek this opportunity to bring their fringe players on the field for some practice.

About the opposition

Hertha Berlin will want to put the miserable season behind them and would love to win the game of this magnitude. Nothing to lose, they will go all guns blazing. Having signed Peer Kluge due to the departure of Andreas Ottl, Hertha will rely on their new signing to shine for them. He surely will be the man to watch out for.

 

III
Juventus v/s Benfica

Date: 1st August, 2012

Venue: Geneva

Kick Off: To be decided

 

 


Juventus take on the Portuguese high fliers Benfica in Switzerland. This game will provide Juventus their third real test after the Milan teams on the 1st August, 2012. T

About the opposition:

Benfica are one of Portugal’s best teams alongside Porto. Having finished 2nd in the league, Benfica will too want this opportunity to test themselves ahead of the new season. Osvaldo is one midfielder Juventus have to be wary about. Sitting deep in the right of the Benfica line up, Osvaldo pulls the string for the Portuguese outfit.

 

IV
Juventus v/s Malaga

Date: 4th August, 2012

Venue: Stadio Arechi, Salerno, Italy

Kick Off: To be decided


The last match of the pre-season sees Juventus return to familiar grounds. This contest with Malaga will be played in Salerno in Italy. Juventus would love the opportunity to get their combinations right before the Supercoppa Italiana.

About the opposition

Malaga had a sensational season in La Liga as they finished 4th in the 2011-12 season. This enables them to play in the Champions League play-off and they would be looking forward to this match to have a taste of European competition. Santiago Cazorla is the man to keep an eye on as he is one of the best midfielders around today.

 

Juventus
Juventus' Man to Watch - Lucio

The Brazilian centre back Lucio was the latest addition to the team this summer. He was the backbone for the Inter defence in his three seasons with the Nerazzurri and would like to be the same for Juventus. His ability to read through balls as well as his strength in the air makes him a rock solid defender.

What the Bench-warmers need to do...

Juventus already have a strong side and with the additions of Giovinco, Lucio, Asamoah and Isla, the fringe players will have to work their socks off to get into the squad. Moreover addition of Giovinco further puts the contributions of Marco Boriello in doubt. Quagliarella too would want to prove his mettle to break into the starting eleven.

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