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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?

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?

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.

Sarri and Ancelotti stress management

Sarri problems in the management of  Ronaldo and those of Ancelotti with his team and his president highlight how it’s difficult in these moments to remain optimistic, satisfied and determined rather than pessimistic, dissatisfied and distressed. The question is: how to maintain this attitude during the evolution of the crisis situation.

This stress does not come so much from the results but refers to the stress of managing the players, from misunderstandings arising during the work and from having to negotiate with their players.

We know that what differentiates a coach who manages these experiences from another who, on the contrary, is chocked by them, it is in the way of dealing with situations perceived as stressful.

One question to answer is: “How can I show myself convinced that we will be able to get out of this crisis or that my choices are the right ones?” In football, if we don’t believe we have everything we need to be able to achieve our goals, it’s almost certain that we won’t achieve it. It’s like saying to our opponents: “Today we’ll give you some of our confidence to win, we’d rather remain insecure. So the lesson is as follows: accept the challenge and play with the confidence we can do it till the final whistle. Players are taught to chase even the balls that are impossible to catch, the same for the coach because we must never leave the idea that nothing is impossible.lite sarri ronaldo juventus milanRisultati immagini per Ancelotti insigne lite

Stress destroyed Napoli match

Napoli vs Manchester City match teaches us that the fear of the opponent can become numbing experience.

My question is: during the week, instead of spending so much time  just talking about game plan, it wouldn’t it be more useful to address the issue of crippling fear and strength? And, of course, establish and train the attitude to play these games.

Play schema are required but, if the players have not learned to use their mind constructively, they are only one way to find out how you should play. The penalty miss from Napoli is another example of what happens when the fear dominates the mind.