It had been a hectic week on tour, we’d played 4 games, in China and South Korea. I was on the plane to Beijing, making match preparations for the upcoming Italian Super Cup match against Napoli.
The day before we had left for China, I had made the last of my signings. I was very happy with the players that I’d brought it. The board were a bit worried with the amount that I had spent, the club were currently £40m in the red, but I was told not to worry.
I had seen a lot of players come and go, but I was finally happy with the team that I had. Our friendly games on tour chose my starting eleven for me.
PLAYERS IN -
PLAYERS OUT -
Starting 11 and Tactics -
SC Cambuur vs Juventus
Press Conference snippet - "A very good win, we dominated them, Cavani scoring 2 on his debut was magical!"
Guangzhou vs Juventus
Press Conference snippet - "I changed my line up and tested a few players, it worked, we didn't dominate, but we were very clinical in front of goal today."
Ulsan vs Juventus
Press Conference snippet - "disappointing not to win this game, although there are plenty of positives that we can take from that match."
Seoul vs Juventus
Press Conference snippet - "Seoul are a very good team, we expected it to be a tight game and it was, happy with the win today"
Italian Super Cup Final
Juventus vs Napoli
Press Conference snippet - "What a great moment in my career today was, I love this club, and bringing a trophy to it in my first competitive game as a manger is a special occasion."
I was still buzzed from earlier on in the day. Since the win against Napoli, I had slowly made my way home, taking in the Beijing city lights and atmosphere. Luckily I owned an apartment in Beijing, so I was able to make my way back to that following the game at the Birds Nest Olympic Stadium.
It had been a fantastic match, over 40,000 Juventus fans had made the trip from Turin to China, to see their team perform, and that's what we did. We were exceptional. It was a magical performance and a magical day.
I took a sip on my beer. The beer was a lot better in Italy, I would prefer to be sipping on an ice cold Peroni, but instead I have this cheap Chinese beer. Either way, I wasn't going to let that dampen the mood. I was content, excited about what was to come, the start of the domestic league in 3 weeks time against Pescara.
But most of all, I was happy. A lot had changed in the last 2 months since I got the Juventus job. My mood was one of them. Prior to taking the job my life was a mess, but it seemed back on track, for now anyway.
I finished the last of my beer before heading back to my room, my phone let out a buzz, it was a text from my beautiful wife Véronique, it simply said...
"I miss you, and I love you"[/img]
→ This post was edited by JamieT567 (2012-07-30 18:53, 10 months ago)