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Thoughts about soccer

Some thoughts on our soccer season.

  • Watching a soccer match, I am amazed at how often players fall after clashes with opponents. A question I cannot answer: how many simulators are there, how many fall because of the hardness of the clash and how many fall because of the inexperience of the opponent who is unable to anticipate (as Paolo Maldini did).
  • Make way for the young, this is not an Italian theme, but it’s a good thing that Mourinho included Felix, who scored two goals right away. Youth is not necessarily synonymous of ability, but it should at least be synonymous with enthusiasm. How many coaches think this is useful, enthusiasm.
  • In this Italian championship, the top 8 have conceded about the same number of goals (15 or 17) with the exception of Lazio (21) and Napoli (7). Increasing differences in the number of goals scored are positively related to the position in the standings. What does it mean in terms of mentality?
  • How are managed the players on the pitch, those on the bench and the others?
  • How do coaches of teams in danger of relegation experience this constant comparison between their work and weekly results? Are they mentally prepared to live in this uncomfortable situation?

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The teams lose because they are available to change

In Serie A, losing is an unforeseen option. After three matches, three coaches have already been fired. Others, from Allegri, to Sarri to the same Mourinho who lost only the last game after 6 wins are very worried.

On the one hand it is obviously correct, they are paid to make their teams win and the players themselves cost a madness, even the most scarce, so there can be no alibi behind which to hide.

This reasoning goes beyond the quality of the single players. Juventus only lines national players but has not yet won a match. Coaches play a fundamental psychological role, they are the true leaders of the team. Every new coach wants to introduce his own mentality to the team which manifests itself through a certain type of game.

There are players who do not fully adapt to this approach and Cristiano Ronaldo represents an extreme example, because he is the team’s game. He left Juventus and without manifesting any need to acclimatize to immediately continued (more than resumed) to score. Others obviously do not adapt because they do not show the necessary mental availability and therefore are not effective in the field.

Others have difficulty in following the mental scheme proposed by the coach. When I worked with Arrigo Sacchi, one of his questions was to tell him which players could process a lot of information and put it into action and which ones, instead, had to be given little information otherwise they would get confused. The coach-player does not always manage to find this synthesis.

On the field, there must always be at least one leader who leads the team in moments of difficulty. Often in this regard we have spoken of the Italian block of Milan champions and not only for its skill but for this union that was transmitted to the team.

There are many reasons why a team does not acquire the mentality and the game that the coach wants but it is from these details that success is born.

Today Serie A starts

The Serie A championship begins today. There are as many as 12 new coaches out of 20 teams. The changes have involved teams fighting for success and those fighting for relegation; coaches who had achieved important goals and those who had not, have left. Once it would have been said that it is a hysterical soccer that destroys its players, now soccer has adapted to today’s philosophy. So there is no time, everything has to happen immediately, otherwise we change.

Antonio Conte leaves Inter victorious because he already knows that the team will not be reinforced and Pirlo because Juventus came fourth. It is precisely this precariousness of the profession of soccer coach that in my opinion gives them the strength and power that they have today. Every season they play for everything and this puts them in a condition of unchallenged dominance, so much so that they bring their staff, made up of people they trust, and start again with a new project, designed around the figure of the new coach.

We will see how these coaches, all of them good because they have been doing this job for many years in a highly competitive environment and ready to blame them, will be able to build cohesive and combative teams. In the meantime, this should be the starting point on which the qualities of the players and the play of the team fit. Being only good serves little purpose if it is not accompanied by these two psychological dimensions.

Serie A: What we learned

Serie A soccer championship has just ended. In my opinion the characteristic that has distinguished it is represented, compared to past years, by the presence of a greater number of competitive teams. At least 5 teams have played for the most important places, those to enter the Champions League. Beyond their mistakes, so for example Juventus could not be in this position at the last day of the championship, if it had not lost too many points with teams certainly less strong, but in any case thanks to the listlessness of the Juventus have won important games.

The lesson to be learned is that anyone can beat you if you don’t enter the field determined to win. If this approach is realistic, then the league is competitive and requires that the strongest teams always play with the necessary intensity.

If this way of living the game becomes the usual approach to league games, it is very likely that even those played in the European cups would be approached with greater awareness and better emotional balance.

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 team rigid mindset is the reason for the defeats

The most serious problem for a team and athletes is to think they are good.

This belief immediately puts people in a condition of greater satisfaction and fuels the expectation that everything will go well as they expect, so we will win.

Feeling fit and being aware of your personal and team skills is certainly important. Often teams think that this condition is enough to achieve success. They don’t understand that it is necessary but not enough.

To play at a high level, you have to have the skills of a high level team. Then you have to prove it on the pitch.

Arrigo Sacchi says that the motivation must be exceptional, because on this basis the player is constantly striving to improve himself. That’s what Carol Dweck has called a growth-mindset. Those who don’t demonstrate it are destined to have what the coaches say: a mental block. In other words, these players have a rigid mentality that leads them to think that their talent and fitness are enough to be effective in their work.

Serious mistake. They will strategie the match without the motivation to play at the best. They will enter with the conviction that they will play well so spontaneously, and when faced with the difficulties of the match they will not be ready to adapt, because they hadn’t foreseen it.

These numbers explain the disaster of Italian football

The numbers of the disaster of Italian football:

  • 43 players have concluded, in the season 2017/18, their activity in the youth teams
  • 292  play out of quota in the youth teams and minor leagues
  • 129 have a professional contract in Italy
  • 20 play abroad
  • 10 are in teams of Serie A
  • 16 players U21 are the rookies in Serie A 2018/19
  • 12 come from abroad
  • 4 rookies are Italian (Zaniolo e L. Pellegrini, Roma. Matarese, Frosinone. Sottil, Fiorentina)
  • 9 on 24 are the matches won (10 lost) by Italian teams in Youth League

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).

Risultati immagini per the italian job conte allegri

The soccer Italian problems come also from the coaches too guaranteed

The matches in Italian football premiere league too often demonstrate that concepts such as:

  • Go beyond your limits and maintain high standards
  • Excel for themselves
  • Compete to outdo the other

are not part of the current culture of the teams with some rare exceptions.

The question is why  atsuccessful professional football players is not taught to start the match with the determination and concentration required to play a match. The coaches think their team will play in a certain way, then this is not the case. Maybe compared to the big Italian coaches of the past than at present they have become so presumptuous as to convince themselves that their presence is enough to inspire courage? Maybe because they earn too much and are too guaranteed from the economic point of view, then, based on this condition they believe not be criticized for this reason they do not use collaborators who might represent the critical consciousness that is missing in them.

On the contrary, the experiences of high-level leadership in the business teach just that, alongside the great leaders there is always another expert that confront openly and verifies that their ideas are implemented. Perhaps the coaches could learn to use collaborators able to know if their players are willing to play till the end, or are willing to give up an inch at a time. Why this is the difference between winning and being dominated.