Juventus fans descend on training ground with message of support for team

The ESPN FC guys discuss the rejuvenated title race in Serie A and debate the quality of the match between Juventus and Napoli.

Hundreds of Juventus fans descended on the club’s training ground on Wednesday to make their presence felt ahead of the final four games of the Serie A season.

The Bianconeri‘s advantage over Napoli at the top of the league was cut to a single point last weekend after the Partenopei won 1-0 in Turin.

With tough away games at Inter Milan to come this weekend and Roma on the penultimate weekend of the season, a significant number of Juve fans decided to spend Liberation Day at the club’s Vinovo training centre, where there were chants of encouragement and to “show us you’ve got balls.”

“We with our voices, you with your hearts — let’s win it,” read one banner tied to one of the perimeter fences in Vinovo, where roads were blocked by the large number of fans arriving.

Mediaset showed the massed fans outside the gates to the training centre and showed both Claudio Marchisio and Gianluigi Buffon speaking with some of the fans as they left.

Juve are seeking a seventh straight league win and a fourth in a row under Massimiliano Allegri.

Napoli have not won the title since 1990, but they are putting the Bianconeri under more pressure than any other club in the past seven years, with Juve facing arguably the toughest run-in.

In addition to the trips to Inter and Roma, they host Bologna and Hellas Verona. Napoli head to Fiorentina, host Torino, travel to Sampdoria and then conclude their campaign at home to Crotone.

Meanwhile, Juve goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon apologised to fans for not acknowledging them after Sunday’s 1-0 defeat to Napoli.

“It’s important for us to have you here,” Il Corriere della Sera report him as saying. “We didn’t stop to greet you against Napoli because we were too angry, we went to talk with our opponents because it is our habit to do so, win or lose.”

Ben Gladwell reports on Serie A, the Italian national team and the Bundesliga for ESPN FC, UEFA and the Press Association. @UEFAcomBenG.