Brief uncompleted analysis of the Serie A Championship.

One way to interpret the results of the recently concluded Serie A championship but more specifically the performance of teams is to make our own the idea that: “we are what we consistently do.” Following this logic, it is not so important to know what a team can or cannot do but what it did, therefore, how it played each game. It is often said, “we did not deserve to lose, we took so many shots and not a single goal while our opponents scored on the first shot on goal.” However, the issue is a different one and it would be more accurate to recognize that: “we missed many shots, they took only one but it was enough to get past the defense and beat the goalkeeper.”

Stating “we are what we do” is a way of reasoning that dispels all alibis in the evaluation of an action, a game and an entire season.

This approach confirms that those who win, obviously within the rules, showed something more than those who lost. Inter and Napoli showed something less than Milan, as they failed some decisive matches while Milan, now the Italian champions, overcame the same obstacles in a winning way. Personally, I am convinced that the collaboration between Maldini, Pioli and Ibrahimovic has been a determining factor in continuously supporting the team during the championship, while in the other two most direct opponents alongside the coach there have not been such influential figures. Even if one wants to interpret the negative results of Napoli and Inter in the latter stages of the championship in terms of an inability to handle the competitive stresses brought about by fighting for the Scudetto, we must still use the same yardstick of examination. The lack of conviction and anxiety demonstrated on the field are factors on which both teams will have to improve next year. It seems to me, however, that even in comments in the media, more conservative interpretations are preferred, explaining the negative results by the lack of some sold or injured players. In my opinion, these are assessments that do not highlight the value that team cohesion and motivation deserve. Problems are not the responsibility of those absent but should be attributed to those present, who should be fully accountable for “what they need to do” to achieve the goals of each match. In this regard, clubs should provide for the psychological organization of the team and know who the Maldini and Ibrahimovic of their team are, so as not to leave the coach alone to do this work on the team mentality.

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