Massimo Carrera was on the Juventus bench for the first time as Antonio Conte faces a potential 15-month ban. “It was our last chance to practice.”
Coach Conte was in the stands for last night’s 2-0 friendly win over Malaga along with assistant manager Angelo Alessio (who is also awaiting the result of the betting trial) and Christian Stellini (who took a two-and-a-half year plea bargain).
“This was our last chance to practice being on the bench before the Italian Super Cup,” said Carrera of the August 11 Beijing clash with Napoli.
“At the start I was a little anxious, but as time went on I relaxed. I spoke to Conte after the game, but only about the performance of the team.
“This was an important test, though we only managed to show what we can do in fits and starts. We need to improve and help the new ones to settle in.
“In a week there is a big game with Napoli that we really care about. We hope to see as soon as possible the type of Juve that impressed so much last season.”