Inizia bene il 57° Torneo di Viareggio per la Juventus che, nella gara inaugurale supera per 2-1 il Partizan di Belgrado. I ragazzi di Chiarenza, campioni in carica, sono passati in vantaggio al 39’ del primo tempo con Clemente e hanno raddoppiato a al 41’ con De Ceglie. Il Partizan ha accorciato le distanze al 43’ con Marinkovic.
Juve goals from Clemente the swiss (I think) and De Ceglie. Marinkovic for Partizan
Yesterday saw the beginning of the second round of the group stage at Viareggio, so I guess it is appropriate to voice a few preliminary observations.
First of all, the Italian teams – who obviously all take this tournament very serious – have generally had a decent start. Only noticeable disappointments from an Italian viewpoint were Milans defeat against Werder Bremen and Fiorentinas against Newcastle. Having said that, in the last few years Milan hasn’t found it necessary to invest heavily in the youth set-up, so maybe their defeat is not all that surprising. And regarding Fiorentinas defeat – well Newcastle is a decent opponent, and they still have a chance to make it through if they beat Cittadella and Boston.
Overall, Bayern München is probably the team that so far has been most disappointing – having been defeated by both Roma and Cisco Lodigiani. So Bayern is out of the tournament before it has really begun.
The teams that so far have been looking stronger are – no surprises there – Roma, Juventus, Inter, and Empoli, although also Lazio and Atalanta in my opinion are likely to make it through from the group stage.
The players that have been most in evidence are also players from the above mentioned teams. For Roma (apart from the players that Del Neri already called up for the Coppa Italia game against Fiorentina – Cerci, Di Martino, Simonetta, and Freddi) particularly the defender Seppani has looked solid. And the only 15 year old Nigerian Okaka Chuka – who scored the only goal against Bayern – looks very promising.
For Juventus the most interesting player is arguably Masiello, who is likely to enter the frame of the team in Serie A after the departure of Iuliano, Legrottaglie and Tudor. Also at Viareggio he has been a class above the others in the team – especially in the absence of Criscito. Apart from that the most interesting players have actually been the Beretti players that have been given the chance since a number of the Primavera players are injuried. Among these especially the tre-quartista Giovinco has been in evidence.
For Inter the midfield with Lombardo and Marino has been looking particularly strong. And then of course the striker Croce – who is so far the top scorer of the tournament – is a very interesting player. But in general the whole team looks very solid.
Other players to keep an eye on are De Sousa (of course) and Rughetti from Lazio, Riva and Morosini from Atalanta, Finningham from Newcastle, Colombo from Torino, Andelkovic and Stefanovic from Partizan Beograd, and Giraldi from Empoli.
do you need to do something special to enter this tournament? because I see 2 Serbian teams while I don't believe a Croatian team has played in it and it could be a great experience for the youngsters for one of our clubs. Hajduk go to one in Australia but this one has more prestige