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Learning from the biggest mistakes

Psychological themes of this week:

The Juventus case - two goals conceded as soon as the game started, and especially at the beginning of each half. Why weren’t they ready? How could Bentancur have been so distracted? What is the mental approach to important games? You can make a mistake at the beginning of the first half, but how can you also make a mistake at the beginning of the second half?

Italian women’s skiing disaster at the World Championships - Too much nervousness from the athletes? How did the coaching staff prepared to handle these legitimate expectations of victory? There is a syndrome created by Sofia Goggia injury? How do you make a mistake on the third stick: too much impulsiveness at the start?

These are cases to be studied in depth, certainly not to find fault but to identify through the knowledge of the reasons that created these problems, how to avoid them in the future.

Sarri’s thoughts right after winning Serie A

“This group has been winning for years, with different coaches, so the credit is yours, assisted by the club. Like all children when I grew up, I dreamed of winning the championship. I didn’t win it when I grew up, I won it when I was old, but I won it.” Sarri said at a press conference.

In these few words there is everything: the realization of the child’s dream and the recognition of the value of the organization.

How many coaches, if any, have this awareness? And they want to show it and share it in public?

Juventus is victim o itself

Juventus with AC Milan had the opportunity to close the championship. They didn’t succeed, even though they were 2-0 up.               They lost 4-2.

Juventus damage themselves, even if the opponents try their best to get a success. They are so strong and cynical that they don’t give importance to these results given advantage in the standings. I don’t think so.

The question in my opinion is simple: 8 consecutive championships won in a row determine beliefs, expectations and motivations.The culture of this team, leads it to be convinced that at the end the championship will be won and, therefore, to take these risks for a tendency of the players and the coach not to give relevance for the future. Obviously the players live their emotions and today they cannot be satisfied.

In my opinion they have to change this way of living the championship. Sarri says they played very well for 60 minutes, but if you turn off, the others take advantage of it and put you under.

Sarri says they played very well for 60 minutes, but if you turn off, the others take advantage of it and put you under. Between excellent and poor they have to find a solution, otherwise they will always take the field with this approach that in every single match can cause continuous problems.

Expectations to win the game anyway, even with these mental blocks, are a performance killer, because you think you will win without doing what it takes to win.

Cristiano Ronaldo is like Michael Jordan

Alberto Cei spoke to the Juventusnews24 microphones and clarified some psychological aspects of the world of football, between victories and defeats, especially on the eve of the resumption of the Serie A championship in Italy, scheduled for 12 June.

Read the interview.

“Cristiano Ronaldo, the personification of success through constant work on the pitch and sacrifice in training. His ethic remembers the Kobe Bryant’s mindset, a global basketball and sports legend. Are they in the same sphere of competitiveness?”

“In my opinion, this is about the goal to want to excel. We often use the word excellence inappropriately: excellence is a rare thing, otherwise it would not be so. It’s a bit like when Arrigo Sacchi says that the football players he was looking for must have an extraordinary motivation. In my opinion those levels of professionalism, like that of Cristiano Ronaldo and many other champions, require that approach otherwise you’re not there, you can be a good professional but it’s different. We’ve all seen “The Last Dance” lately with the story of Michael Jordan: Cristiano Ronaldo seems very similar to me, obviously there are differences in people’s character but I think the mindset of who wins the Olympics, as I’ve seen in my experience, is very similar. In sports psychology, this attitude is called “positive perfectionism” and it is the search for everything that can bring us closer to perfection, which is something that obviously does not exist, but it is an effective attitude, because it is functional to the achievement of great goals, otherwise it would be a psychological disorder”.

Dybala, the football poet

I think Dybala’s action and goal against Inter shows that this player belongs to the third category of players described by Osvaldo Soriano in Futbol. Football stories.

“There are three kinds of players. Those who see the free spaces, the same spaces that any fool can see from the stands and you see them and you are happy and you feel satisfied when the ball falls where it should fall. Then there are those who suddenly make you see a free space, a space that you yourself and maybe others could have seen if they had watched carefully. They take you by surprise. And then there are those who create a new space where there shouldn’t have been any space. These are the prophets. The poets of the game.”Risultato immagini per gol dybala juve inter


Compliments at Bernardeschi

Compassion and sense of responsibility are not expression of everybody.

Compliments at Bernardeschi, Juventus football player, for these words on Instagram.

The problems of Juventus’ uncohesive team

The situation that Juventus is experiencing is interesting to try to understand how it is possible that a team built to win the Champions League is not able at this time to play at its level and suffers the initiative of teams significantly inferior in quality.

As many have said, in this match against Lyon Juventus lacked in speed, determination and intensity of play. Many players were distracted on the pitch and Cristiano Ronaldo’s individualism was not enough to overturn the final result.

In this period, Juventus lacks the commitment and total dedication of the collective to achieving the performance and result goals, the essence of a successful team. Observing the behavior on the pitch, rarely and only in the final minutes of the matches, there is no physical or mental readiness to play the ball, react to a mistake or move to help a teammate.

Juventus is made up of some champions and others very good, all playing in their respective national teams. Now it’s a cohesive team, lacking a core group of players who can lead it. Successful teams always have a strong internal group for the moments of greater competitive stress, it remains only Bonucci who alone can not play this role effectively. Too many don’t have the look of a tiger (Betancourt, Rabiot, Pjanic, Quadrado) and seem to perform assigned tasks rather than playing a football match.

Leaders of a team cannot be Ronaldo, Dybala and Iguain, they are the stars shining thanks to the work of a team that supports them.

The second problem for Juventus is Sarri’s way of thinking. He said that he can’t make the team understand a concept as simple as that of speed, but I personally don’t understand what he wants to explain.

Speed can be differentiated in two aspects. The first, for example, refers to the fact that when a player suffers a foul he must get up immediately and be immediately ready for the next action or if he loses the ball he must quickly continue in the action. This is a concept that a professional footballer should express regardless of the type of team play. It is about combativeness and toughness that must always be present in every minute of the match.

The second aspect, on the other hand, concerns speed in relation to the type of game that the team has prepared during the week and each coach requires according to his philosophy.

It seems to me, that Juventus lacks the first type of speed that is the basis of competitiveness and if it is missing prevents any other type of reasoning, because the slowness makes the game predictable and easily counterbalanced by any team that is more reactive on the field even if of lower level.

I would suggest to Sarri to coach these days the heart of the players and not the schemes.

Why are there no reactions from Juventus players after the defeat against Verona?

Sarri’s explanations do not convince after the defeat against Napoli

Maurizio Sarri, Juventus coach, after the defeat against Napoli, commented:

“We played a bland game from a mental point of view and therefore the offensive phase was also affected. It was a game with low mental energy and bland defensively as well. We lost rightly because we played a bad game; it took us a lot of our time”.

  • Humility, sweat and sacrifice have always been the hallmarks of Juventus, which from Trapattoni to Lippi to Allegri has always had coaches who have taken this attitude very seriously. The fact that now in this year it often had mental breaks, it seems to me to be a wake-up call, which it goes beyond the objective fact of continuing to lead the championship and which should be taken more into consideration by Sarri.

“When the situation is what we showed tonight, it’s difficult to change a something or a single player. Mentally the team had little energy. In the final I saw that some players weren’t playing well and we tried with Douglas”.

  • Showing little energy in matches that are important for the opponent’s skills and to gain an additional advantage over the opponents should be enough to motivate Juventus. The role of the key players should be a determining factor in supporting a proactive approach to the match, but it seems that this has not happened. And perhaps Sarri is more focused on getting the game he likes rather than stimulating a tough and convincing approach on the pitch. I would say that these characteristics come before any form of tactics. In other words, ideas without the heart are worth little.

“It’s not a trend. These are games where you have to comment little with the players. You have to find great motivation, which is not easy for those who have won so much. These games can help us do that. The difficulty is to maintain the right level of mentality for long periods of time”.

  • A bit weak answer, for a coach who wants to be a winner, to say that this approach “is not a trend”. The question is that from these professionals should be expected another quality in the conduct of the game. Intensity, speed and precision are three factors that a team that wants to compete with the big team in European football should always show. I advise Sarri, instead, to talk to the players to find out how to get out of these negative moments, which with Napoli have affected the whole match but they have already appeared for less time in many others.
  • This approach explains why it is not enough for a coach to be just a good coach but must also be a leader, who teaches the team to compete to win; to enter the field with the willingness to fight to impose his mentality on his opponents.

Understand Juventus in 10 points

I want to try to put together the problems that Juventus, as a team, is facing.

  1. It won the last 8 Serie A championships
  2. The Champions League is its black beast.
  3. It’s a team made up largely of champions
  4. Cristiano Ronaldo, the planetary star of football and bearer of formidable economic interests for Juventus SpA, plays it.
  5. It has always had coaches (like Trapattoni, Capello, Lippi, Conte and Allegri) with a concrete attitude, very assertive and aimed at winning starting from strong defenses, a midfield centered to play for the champion of turn (Sivori, Platini, Zidane, Pirlo and so on) until an attack that always lined up the strongest champions
  6. Juventus does not appear determined on the pitch, it does not play with the intensity that instead shows the team which wants to win
  7. Is this a difficulty due to a superficial approach by the players? Do they expect to win with little effort?
  8. Is the coach too focused on wanting to prove that his playing module is the “right” one? While he’s less concerned with how to change what’s happening on the pitch?
  9. The coach seems less determined in (public) communication than his predecessors at Juventus. Does he show this personal trait differently from others, or is this his weakness?
  10. How does he match the main problem that all coaches have: wanting to prove that he is right and at the same time wanting to win. In the first case, his method dominates, while in the second case on the top there is the adaptation to the Club philosophy the team culture and the players characteristics.