Tuesday May 23, 2017  
     
 
  24/07/2014: Auronzo di Cadore: Day 14
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Only one session on day 14 as Pioli grants his charges the morning off after an arduous evening taking on Bari. The evening was particularly difficult for Filip Djordjevic, who has suffered minor damage to his knee. He will continue to train in Auronzo di Cadore, but will play no further part with the main group, instead training separately with Berisha, Rozzi and Ederson. Alfaro and Cavanda - who have been pretty much ostracized from Lazio - also fail to take part in the evening training session.

The evening session begins in the gym and as the players take to the field, there is another obvious absentee; Oikonomidis. The Australian continues to train in the gym, but returns to the dressing room early.

Pioli divides the group into two teams and initiates ball possession exercises, before proceeding to work on the construction of attacks. The manager has a problem though; the Oikonomidis injury has left him with only 21 players, since Alfaro and Cavanda are not taking part today. Pioli is therefore forced into asking coach Davide Lucarelli to participate in the exercise. To make the experience even more surreal for a man who was once a defender for Avellino, Pisa and Cremonese in Serie A, Lucarelli was asked to play on the left wing.

Injuries also forced Pioli to use Mauri in a false nine role, Braafheid as a central-midfielder and Vinicius as a left-back.

There is good news towards the end of the session. Berisha puts on his gloves and works with goalkeeping coach Adalberto Grigioni. As the players return to the gym to finish off the training session, Berisha continues working with Grigioni.




Author: Cathal Mullan
 
 
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