Friday Dec 04, 2020  
  16/07/2012: Auronzo di Cadore: Day Eight
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Data collection was the primary objective in today's morning session. Alessandro Forte put players through a series of stretch exercises for the purpose of monitoring the player's progress in the last week. Jesse Fioranelli and his iPad will be tasked with finding patterns in the data that are potentially of benefit to Vladimir Petkovic and Paolo Rongoni. The remainder of the morning session was devoted to ball control and possession and today's approach contained that rare instance of fun that you see on occasion - a game of football tennis.

The weather turned from being very pleasent to ominously dark in a matter of minutes and it cast a cloud (excuse the pun) over the session. The idea of the evening workout was to improve the strength of the muscles and the overall balance of the players. Later in the session, Petkovic brought the guys together for a brief match. It was even more friendly than normal with the coach testing a couple of ideas. Mauri and Hernanes formed a midfield pairing with Lulic and Candreva taking up their roles on the wing. It seems Candreva is very much thought of as a right-midfielder. Once again, Zarate was deployed behind Kozak. On the other side, Gonzalez, Ederson and Floccari formed a trident behind Tommaso Rocchi in what was essentially a 4-2-3-1. The game was interrupted early on as Petkovic wanted to work on other exercises before he brought an end to today's proceedings.

(Cathal Mullan)
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