Left to right: Krasic, Lichtsteiner, Quagliarella, Pazienza, Sorensen, Chiellini, Buffon, Pirlo, Marchisio, Grygera, Matri
Quagliarella had scored 8 goals in the first four months of the season last year, before he tore his ACL in January. After six months from surgery, he is fully recovered and ready to go.
After the Juventus camp, I traveled a few hours to visit the training camp of Napoli in another sections of the Alps mountains for the last two days. Coach Mazzarri is one of the most innovative and inventive coaches in the Italian Seria A. Today, I definitely came away with some good ideas …. here are two picks:
Coach Mazzarri emphasized quick ground passes, intensity, and rhythm when proposing attacking schemes. Everything was geared to constant movements off the ball and everyone’s involvement during possession, transition, and non-possession.
Activities involved speed of play with the ball traveling rapidly between players, north-south possession with ground balls, number forwards in the attack, and maintaining supporting shape – triangle – in every area of the field.
I am on my way to watch AC Milan train and if possible, finish the week with AC Roma, where Luis Enrique from Spain just got the Head Coaching job after two years with the FC Barcelona “B” Team, before I take off on a sailboat across the Mediterranean Sea.
30 days left ….