It looks set to be a fascinating pre-season for Juventus after the club officially confirmed three friendly fixtures to be contested between the end of the summer training camp in Chatillon and the Italian Super Cup game against Napoli in Peking. These will be played in place of the tournament in the USA.
Five days after departing Val d’Aosta, Conte’s men will fly to Germany to face Hertha Berlin on Saturday 28 July. The Blue-Whites will now be plying their trade outside the top flight following last season’s relegation, but still remain one of the most important clubs in German football after winning the Bundesliga twice.
Juventus will then move on to Switzerland to play Benfica in Geneva on Wednesday 1 August. The Portuguese giants enjoyed a solid run in last season’s Champions League before being eliminated at the quarter-final stage by eventual winners Chelsea. They boast a proud history, having won 27 championships and two European Cups since their foundation in 1904.
The Bianconeri will contest the last of these three friendly fixtures against Malaga in Salerno on Saturday 4 August. The Spanish outfit, whose fourth-place finish in La Liga secured qualification to the Champions League preliminary stages, will provide the opposition at the Stadio Arechi.