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Juve-Milan has been the first football match watched in TV

On 5 February 1950 the Rai broadcasts live the football match Juventus-Milan for the city of Turin, Italy. The Milan with the three attackers called Gre-No-Li Trident swept the bianconeri to 7-1. It was, however, only an experiment: Rai would start broadcasting officially only four years later.

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Dybala’s expectations lead pressure

Expectations are the main killer of the athletes’ confidence, you expect to perform at the best thanks to the talent and training, nothing more wrong, it’s not enough. Probably Paulo Dybala seems to have fallen into this trap. He has all the qualities necessary to become one of the world’s best players, then the pressure of having to show on the pitch he’s ruin. It is a common mistake of many athletes of the highest level, they load on their shoulders this unnecessary pressure reducing the skill to compete at their best. Even the Brazil team before the soccer World Championships in Rio expected to win, instead the team collapsed under the inability to handle this pressure or Andy Murray has won far less when compared with his real competences but struggled a long time to learn how to take off from the shoulders his expectations and those of an entire nation that after so many years had finally found a champion in tennis.

The expectation to win, to score a goal or to lead the team are certainly important, nobody comes into game to lose or play badly. We have not to confuse these beliefs, they should be left in the locker room, with the actual behaviors that we must bring into play to achieve them. Expectations can be also extremely positive but the players have to know how to translate into competitive goals and behaviors. This determines the difference between who is reliable and who thrives on fantasies that himself and others (sponsor, coach, team, family, manager).

The current competitive stress management strategies have the purpose to teach athletes to identify which are the mental processes determining the success on the field of  behaviors focused for achieving the goals. Unfortunately, the talent can be an obstacle to developing this mental and physical readiness status, because the athletes can believe that their skills will be enough. When this happens the fall is even harder, because there is a growing risk to doubt their abilities, entering in a negative spiral, that  from match to match can lead to isolate themselves, to feel misunderstood and to expect that at some point the lucky star magically will return to shine. This vicious circle must be blocked and the athletes should get help from a professional to establish concrete and challenging goals to reach and identify the behaviors needed to achieve them. For Dybala this difficulty could thus become an important opportunity for personal development and growth, to achieve a conscious sport and human maturity.

Higuain’s problem: An opportunity to improve

The problem with Higuain is that in this last period he did not score any goals and the question who certainly he’s asking himself regards  how to get out of this situation. Expressed in this way, the question seems easy: what to do to take more efficient shots. If he was a machine the problem would be easy to solve since it would be simply a question to change some parameters (speed, accuracy, timing, type of shot) to get the desired result. Being a human player there are instead many aspects to cope with: the player, teams and environmental expectations, to accept that a champion shows this problem, the footballer’s tendency to react by moving away from game or moving impulsively, to undergo the influence of teammates who instead continue to score.

It would be useful, for himself and for the team, live this moment as an opportunity for improvement and not as a kind of attacker’s syndrome. To accept the difficulties is the only way to overcome them. At this regards I agree with Arrigo Sacchi when he says that to win you have not to have the issue of winning. We can to paraphrase this thought by saying that to score a goal, you don’t really need the obsession to make goals, because otherwise you will play always on the defensive or impulsively and the footballer will never be innovative and effective as all expect from a champion.

The Italian job: football winning coach

20 years ago Marcello Lippi, Fabio Capello e Giovanni Trapattoni won the football championship in Italy (Juventus), Spain (Real Madrid) and Germany (Bayern di Monaco). This year the winning triplete is for di Massimiliano Allegri (Juventus), Antonio Conte (Chelsea) and Carlo Ancelotti (Bayern di Monaco).

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Max Allegri winning mind

Player-coach - ”He was good at reading the game, he knew to assess where being able to hit the opponents, to identify their weaknesses. He also understood when and where the team was suffering: if he saw the defender in trouble, he was able to settle down in order to limit the game opponent without need for a call from outside. At this regard, he had some innate abilities in this regard. ” (Galeone, football coach)

Management of the unexpected situations – “Imagination and the ability to manage the unexpected. The matches are preparing, but they are never completely planned. I get to decide a formation on Friday afternoon and changing it  Sunday on a hunch. The best time it’s seven thirty in the morning. The time usually contradict myself.”

Confidence in himself - “I am very confident. I say things straight to straight, I don’t expect gratitude, compassion, empathy. Feelings that in football no longer exist. I am good at pretending and take refuge in lie at the right time.”

The technique is crucial – “The pitches were shortened to sharpen the game in the narrow space. The matches are won in two ways, with the military occupation of the space and with the quality of the performers. The time to think with the ball at the feet has been reduced, at the end the ball goes to the better players”.

Authoritative leadership – “The dialogue is complicated. Going into the lockroom you find almost of the players with headphones in their ears, loud music. Nobody talks to anybody. Need authority, respect and patience. It is not my custom stress every day saying I’m the one in charge, explaining  they are forced to listen not because I am the best, but simply because I am the older. There are talents that are like the waves, I think, for example, at Morata and Coman. You have to measure them, wait for the right time. Some are taken by the hand and behaved like children, from others I find collaboration, experience, personality”.

Task coach - ”Not discounting the importance of the coach, but its main task is to ease the players”.

Go beyond the tactic - “Football is played on a lawn of 106/68 metres running and playing with  the feet, the ball often takes strange turns and people would like that under these conditions the solution is in the schematic situations? If the schemas would be so relevant to win, because Real Madrid have spent 100 million for Bale, who quite simply dribble, shoot and smash the door?”. The schemas are just a trace “.

The important thing is wanting to better themselves - “I have a group of guys that have called into question, I still want to win. And I told them I inc *** very if not improve, because they have technical and physical potential is truly remarkable. I say this even though the Champions. “

Juventus low motivation

In soccer, the sport competition is a situation where the performance of a team is compared to the standard required for that event. In addition, each team should show on the field the desire to overcome difficulties through collaboration among the players, while to the opponents should be dominant the competitiveness. Certainly a team needs talent players but nobody definitely win if there is no integration amomg the players’ behavior, if it lacks the group cohesion. These concepts are not to be thought of as good intentions, general and non-specific, because they are the basis of the winning teams. If you apply these principles to the present condition of Juventus it’s evident, at a glance, that the behaviors of the players in the field do not match, if not in small part, to these simple rules. It lacks the so-called team spirit and a united group, which are important objectives to address effectively to cope with with a  challenging season and highest level. We do not forget that the motivation should be a psychological dimension always present and independent of the quality of the game. Indeed, precisely when there may be uncertainties or difficulty performing the work required by the coach, as it’s true for Juventus at the start of this season, it becomes imperative for the players to be on the pitch with the fighting spirit and tenacity required to whom is part of a team. It’s maintaining high the motivation to play that the players, the team and the coach could think only about the technical aspects of the game and not on the misbehavior of the team, not so motivated in the field. In moments of crisis it serves the leader, Allegri, send a few ideas that are clear, specific and perceived by players as achievable since the next game. The team needs to know that it takes time to improve the collective quality of the game but that combativeness and toughness are mental qualities that should be present until the next match. Otherwise Juventus will continue to play with the excuse that if the team does not have a good play or it’s few time that the players are together, this approach will determine the lack of confidence in following the instructions of the coach. In addition, the core of the team represented by the defense players as a whole has done little to show on the field this attitude and to motivate their mates, they will have to commit much more. Juventus now has a team humiliated by the superficiality with which it approached this new season. The biggest mistake by the managers was to say it would be a transition year, thus giving players the perception that it would not be so important to maintain the standards of the past. Now they have discovered that losing the games, because of the inability to be a team and to react immediately to mistakes pleases no one and leading the team into an abyss; we’ll see if they will be able to motivate everyone to play with the right intensity to show the capabilities of the team. The task of Allegri is not only technical but he has to help the team to change emotional minset, he will have to explain that there is no excuse for anyone in the field and that it serves combativeness and toughness.

Barcelona-Juventus: it will win the more cohesive team

Barcelona and Juventus have reached this Champions League final on the strength of the team, their ability to think in terms of WE. The strength of the group is a key issue for every coach, who must be able to stimulate this continuing active and creative participation of the players. We know it, as Italians since the time of Bearzot, 1982 World Cup,  who used the team media silence as a tool to build the team cohesion. The Americans know well this topic having coined the sentence: “The champion team beats a team of champions”, to indicate that also the ideal team with only champions have to integrate the skills of each one, to be able to express their full potential. At this regard, Pat Riley, former coach of the Los Angeles Lakers, said that as a young Magic Johnson made most of the points but his team was always depressed and frustrated, because his teammates felt useless. He decided that the situation was unbearable for him, and since then his behavior changed, putting his skills to the service of the team. The mood of the team changed completely, the teammates were much more motivated, they increased their skills and also continued to win.

Tomorrow Juventus can lose if it plays with the attitude of the victim, while Barcelona may fall because of a presumptuous attitude. This should not happen, if we want to watch a great match. As always, at the end one of the two teams will win and it will be the one who will have fought tirelessly and with tactical intelligence, putting their best players in the best position to express themselves in a winning way.

Today is the Heysel tragedy anniversary

Today is the Heysel tragedy anniversary to  remind that violence still affects football. 30 years ago before the Champions final between Juventus and Liverpool 39 persons died and 600 injured. The Heysel tragedy was one of the darkest moments of modern football, where violence took over sport values, and changed a game into a nightmare.


Juventus: winning helps to win

Winning helps to win. Probably if Lazio had not scored the goal in the first minutes Juventus would have been much more difficult for the pressure that every Lazio player was playing on them. At the start of the match Juventus did not seem as fighting as it has proven to be the Lazio, perhaps because in the League it had won both times with ease, or because it thought they would not be involved in such an intense manner. The goal conceded  awakened the team from this error of presumption, and not surprisingly Juventus quickly put the result in a draw. Juventus had to be afraid of losing to win. And you have this feeling only when you stand on the edge. The team could not commit another mistake and if you are a great team these are the moments where you have to prove it. The opponent must understand that it’s not enough to scare you to win, it must do more, it must expect your reaction and make the wall. Lazio has not been able to sustain the advantage gained and at the first opportunity it wasted. Lazio had worried Juventus, but now the two teams were back to draw and the match could start again. Only Juventus, at this point, knew the risk run and it would do anything not to fall into it again.

Both coaches have said that the games are made of episodes, it’s true, but for this reason we must know how to build positive episodes, otherwise what is the utility of the training or because theteams do not rely on a magician rather than a coach. I think Lazio has prepared at the best the game coming from two consecutive defeats. It faced a great mental effort to put the opponents immediately in trouble  and throughout the first time succeeded quite well in this endeavor. Juventus suffered at first but then i quickly adapted to the game of Lazio, which at that point was very dangerous only in the action of the double goal post. Throughout the match Juventus have waited at the decisive momentum to blow, it struggled to keep the result in a draw, and when it had the opportunity it tried to score the decisive goal. In football, you do not know when the momentum happens, but if you trusts it comes, as in fact happened. It takes patience and confidence and when you have these two quality the team plays knowing that it’s only a matter of time. For this reason to win helps to win.

Juventus new winning mind

Before the fury, then the technique. It seems to me that this is the evolution, in last years, has had the mentality of Juventus. Undisputed champions like Buffon and Pirlo, among others, had already won a lot and shown to have this approach to football, but a winning team is a lot more of their individual personalities and it had to prove that all possess and bring to the pitch this mentality. The work of Conte had the merit of bringing the fury in the game, that  physical and mental intensity coming before the technique, the team had to show for ninety minutes each game. Allegri has completed this team, which had won three consecutive Italian championships, changing the play ssystem and bringing more attention to the technical work, and on how necessary it’s to continually improve it. Today we talk about what it has been unexpectedly reached the final of the Champions League, but in sports there are no miracles. The team has, however, been shown to have exceeded the psychological limitations that prevented it from playing in order to achieve this goal. This results comes from a great training but also from a winning condition, at least in Italy, and on this confidence it has been possible to build, obstacle after obstacle, this willingness to go beyond the limits. Now everything is possible, because history teaches us that David beat Goliath. Juventus goes to Berlin with a joyful attitude, because they are months that it’s pursuing the dream that, day after day, with the hard work and dedication, it has become a reality and this is a significant psychological advantage to better address this last game. Barcelona, ​​super-favorite may run into a false start as Bolt did in the 100m final at the 2011 World Championships, resulting in disqualification. An example of superficial mind approach dictated by feel fated to win. Juventus will serve the enthusiasm accumulated in the last weeks combined with calm, that will enable it to enhance its play, the one taught by Allegri. Certainly Juventus, on its way in the Champions League, was also lucky and this has highlighted another characteristic, typical of the winning teams: to take advantage of favorable conditions. In fact, it won when it had to win and it’s not easy to get this result, because not confident teams often lose these games not thinking, losing their cool when the goal does not come immediately or if the opposing team is showing more difficult to overcome. In these cases, who should win become insecure, while the opponent gains confidence and can overturn the result in its favor, including the disbelief of the favorites. Commitment, total dedication and technique are the key to this success.