Alessandro Del Piero is back in Italy with Sydney FC, but admits “it’s impossible to forget Juventus.”
The Italy legend flew in from Australia with his teammates, as they will have their pre-season training camp in Jesolo.
“I thank you all,” he told Sky Sport Italia when greeted by fans. “I like being here in a place that loved me and that I know well.
“It’s the greatest thing for me to be with my teammates and all the fans who care for me. I believe it is the duty of a professional to talk to his fans and dedicate time to them.
“My teammates are a little lost at the moment, but they’re working hard. It’s a great experience and a unique one for many of those in the squad. They’re really enjoying it.”
Naturally, many of the crowd who turned up to cheer Del Piero on are Juventus supporters.
“I am enormously happy to still feel loved by Juventus fans. I’m happy with everything I did in the Bianconeri jersey and it’s wonderful to remember it. After all, it’s impossible to forget 19 years at Juventus.”
Antonio Conte’s men have so far lost both their Guinness International Champions Cup games in America against Everton (on penalties) and LA Galaxy.
“Pre-season preparation can have an effect, plus it’s difficult to play well after all the travelling,” mused Del Piero.
“The new buys at Juventus are players of great quality. Juve are in pole position for the Scudetto because they are a well-oiled machine. The others changed a lot and are potentially dangerous. Milan are always a guarantee.”