Juventus' US tour began this morning with the departure from private flights at the Caselle airport. An appointment that has now become customary for the club, for the second consecutive year in the USA after having moved its destination to the eastern hemisphere in past years. The work of Allegri and his staff will be focused on preparing for the imminent start of the season, with three prestigious friendlies against Barcelona, Milan and Real Madrid, while the rest of the organizational machine will be engaged in marketing activities. Strengthen the brand, expand its market and "exploit" the presence of two US footballers, Weah and McKennie. On the other hand, there will be no Rabiot, Fagioli and the players who are no longer part of the club's plans: while the team was flying over the Atlantic, the Brazilian Arthur was undergoing medical visits with Fiorentina, his new team.
The absent Rabiot and Fagioli
Also for this season Rabiot will not be added to the team for the trip to the USA. However, the reason is different from last season's: no longer personal reasons but a calf problem remedied by the midfielder during the last meeting of the French national team. Nothing to worry about, Continassa assures, but the need not to force recovery times: Rabiot would have been available for the last match, better to recover in Turin, under the supervision of the staff and taking advantage of J Medical and the training facilities. Among the absentees, in addition to Rabiot, Bonucci, Zakaria and Pellegrini, also Fagioli, who remained in Italy due to tonsillitis. The midfielder, who was recovering from a shoulder injury sustained at the end of last season and which had forced him to undergo surgery, was initially included in the squad. His presence was skipped at the last moment: he too will stay at Continassa to prepare for the season.
The top-of-the-range friendlies
Juventus will take the field in the night between Saturday 22 and Sunday 23 July in Santa Clara to face Barcelona, before arriving at the Italian derby against Milan scheduled for 27 July at the Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, California. The last black and white appointment of the Soccer Champions Tour will be one of the great classics of world football: Juventus will face Real Madrid at the Camping World Stadium in Orlando, Florida.