Juventus practiced yesterday for the first time under Maurizio Sarri and was almost at full force, as only Cristiano Ronaldo and Blaise Matuidi will join later since they went deep in Nations League. There were no healthy scratches, so no sale is really imminent and nobody has been frozen out. Few players had a differentiated program due to injuries: Mattia Perin, who is recovering from shoulder surgery, Wojciech Szczesny and Sami Khedira, who went under the knife for knee clean-ups, Marko Pjaca, who tore his ACL in March, Aaron Ramsey, who suffered a thigh strain late in the year at Arsenal, and Douglas Costa, whose issue is unclear. Only Perin and Pjaca are in danger of missing time at the beginning of next season.
The staff of the new boss was officialized yesterday too: as expected, the lead assistant is Giovanni Martusciello, who reunites with Sarri after few seasons. They were together at Empoli, but Martusciello stayed there when Sarri took the Napoli job and even served a season as head coach in 2016/2017. Over the last two years, he was Luciano Spalletti’s right-hand man at Inter. He is well-regarded on the defensive side of the ball.
The other assistants Marco Ianni, Gianni Picchioni, Massimo Cenci (goalkeepers), Davide Losi, Enrico Maffei and Davide Ranzato (athletic training) come from Chelsea: the first one former got in the news for a skirmish with José Mourinho in England. Loris Beoni is a long-time lower league coach who managed Napoli’s Primavera in 2017/2018. The goalkeeper’s coach Claudio Filippi has instead been in Turin since 2010. The new head of the physical preparation is Daniele Tognaccini, who was a free agent after 15 years at Milan and will collaborate with Andrea Pertusio and Duccio Ferrari Bravo, who have been retained from the previous regime. Despite the heavy rumours, Andrea Barzagli and Andrea Pirlo are part of the initial crew.
The head of match analysis Riccardo Scirea has been at the club for a while, like the director of sport science Roberto Sassi. The first one will continue to collaborate with Domenico Vernamonte and Giuseppe Maiuri, the second one with Antonio Gualtieri and Darragh Connolly. Luca Stefanini resumes being the leader of the medical staff after few seasons taking care of the youth teams: he was first hired in 2003. He will be helped by newcomers Nikos Tzourodis, from APOEL, and Marco Freschi, from Milan.
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