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  14/07/2014: Auronzo di Cadore: Day 4
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Having downed CS Auronzo 10-0, the players were rewarded with a mere hour longer in bed. No mornings off as Pioli keeps his charges on their toes. At 10am, the goalkeepers take to the field and work with the goalkeeping coach while the remainder of the roster meet with Pioli and the remainder of his coach staff. 15 minutes later, everyone is off for a quick jog.

Soon after, the players are faced with an obstacle course, but no ordinary course. A course that involves the ball. Pioli is keen to have his players work with the ball as much as his routine will allow and he follows up the obstacle course with one-on-one dribbling exercises.

Pioli then divides his players into three groups and carries out eight-a-side games with two teams while the third continues to train. He rotates the teams but not the goalkeepers; both Berisha and Marchetti stay between the posts. Unfortunately, the weather takes a turn for the worse and after spending 10 minutes trying to brave relentless rain, Pioli gives up on the matches and sends everyone to the gym and then to the massage room to complete the first training session of the day. 

The second session gets underway at around 5pm. Guerrieri and Strakosha are out that little bit earlier to put in some extra practice with the goalkeeping coach and Felipe Anderson also starts shortly before 5pm as he works on his dribbling with the assistant coach, Giacomo Murelli.

The evening session begins with more tactical work. Pioli takes the defensive players, while Murelli works with the offensive players. This is followed up with a match and the teams were as follows;

Bibs: Marchetti, Basta, Cana, Ciani, Braafheid, Ledesma, Antic, Mauri, Keita, Pereirinha, Rozzi

Non-bibs: Berisha, Konko/Cavanda (the right-backs alternated during the game), Novaretti, Filippini, Radu, Cataldi, Elez, Vinicius, Felipe Anderson, Djordjevic, Oikonomidis

The match is essentially played in two stages with Emiliano Alfaro brought on in the second stage having spent the first game working with coach, Davide Lucarelli. The game is won by those who were not wearing the bibs; Filip Djordjevic bagging himself both goals in the 2-0 victory.
Author: Cathal Mullan
 
 
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