International Champions Cup United States
7/23/16 - Final
Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne, VIC, Australia
Melbourne Victory FC

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The Bianconeri coach is keen to see some of his new signings in action in the International Champions Cup clash, while promising to use some youngsters in the clash at the MCG.

Serie A champions Juventus begin their pre-season preparations against Melbourne Victory with the future of their prized asset still up in the air.

Paul Pogba remains on vacation after helping France to the final of Euro 2016, but the midfielder being heavily linked with a world-record move to Manchester United has acted as a sustained backdrop to Saturday's opening match in the Australian leg of the International Champions Cup at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.

The iconic venue will stage three matches in the space of seven days, with Juventus moving on to tackle Tottenham before Mauricio Pochettino's men face Atletico Madrid.

Juve boss Massimiliano Allegri told a pre-match news conference that he is confident Pogba will remain in Turin and he is eager to begin working with an impressive raft of new recruits.

"At the moment I can tell you that Pogba is a Juventus player. We don't know what is going to happen but Juventus will look after that, and I can tell you that we [have already signed] four first-class players in [Dani] Alves, [Miralem] Pjanic, [Marko] Pjaca and [Medhi] Benatia," Allegri said on Friday.

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"Tomorrow's match against Melbourne Victory will be very useful for us as far as fitness is concerned.

"Victory have won three titles and so we will need to approach the game in the correct manner.

"There will be opportunities for a lot of the boys to get some game time, even some of the younger lads."

Victory coach Kevin Muscat, meanwhile, revealed he will plump for a youthful central defensive partnership in a bid to shackle Paulo Dybala, Pjanic and Co.

While Nick Ansell, 22, and James Donachie, 23, both have A-League championship medals at home and over 100 senior matches between them, they will face arguably the toughest test of their career on Saturday night.

But another young Victory defender Jason Geria insisted the home side wouldn't be scared of the Italian champions.

"We're going into the game with a mindset that we want to go out and play our way," he said.

"We don't want to go and just be an opposition just for them to do whatever they want."

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A Jai Ingham goal cancelled out Carlos Blanco's stunning strike in the second half, taking the game to a shootout, where the Austrlians claimed the win.

Melbourne Victory goalkeeper Lawrence Thomas bounced back from second-half embarrassment to secure a 4-3 penalty shootout triumph over Juventus in the International Champions Cup.

Thomas looked on helplessly as Juventus youngster Carlos Blanco sent a 50-yard chip sailing over his head to sensationally open the scoring in a 1-1 draw at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.

That lead remained intact until seven minutes from time when Jai Ingham slotted home a fine and deserved equaliser for the hosts and Thomas cast himself as the shootout hero, with decisive saves from Roman Macek and Stefano Padovan to claim a significant pre-season scalp for the A-League side.

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Massimiliano Allegri fielded a somewhat unfamiliar XI, although star forward Paulo Dybala was to the fore during his team's best first-half moments. The Argentina international, who Juventus are reportedly close to uniting with his compatriot Gonzalo Higuain in attack, showed plenty of bright flashes and rippled the top of the netting with an excellent whipped free-kick.

Much of the Victory's best work came via the impressive Mitch Austin on the left flank and his teasing cross on the stroke of half-time was headed goalwards by Besart Berisha to prompt a sharp reaction stop from Neto.

Following the anticipated raft of half-time substitutions, Blanco brought the contest to life in style as Thomas under-hit a clearance, but Juventus were unable to build on the breakthrough.

Austin blotted his evening's work by blazing over at the back post but Ingham was on hand to convert a pleasing one-touch move with a measured low finish.

Ingham scored the first of four consecutive successful penalties from the Victory after Carl Valeri's initial effort was saved and Thomas capitalised on his team-mate's composure.

Juventus return to the MCG to face Tottenham on Tuesday.