Italian fans flocked to see the Sky Blues run through a few drills.
When they embarked on their six-match tour of Italy just over a fortnight ago Sydney FC probably didn’t expect much fuss.
Yes, they brought along Juventus legend Alessandro Del Piero and scheduled a match with Padova, his first ever club, that would tug on the heartstrings and stir the emotions of his adoring Italian public.
Yes, half a MILLION fans lined the streets of Jesolo to catch the briefest glimpse of their Italian hero last week and crowds during their first four friendlies have been healthy to say the least.
But the Del Piero effect doesn’t just start and end there. Such is the pull, the attraction, the magnetism that he emits, even the stands for the Sky Blues’ training sessions have been packed out to the rafters. Mama mia!