ROME – Interviewed by the New York Times, Massimiliano Allegri does not want to hear about the sabbatical year: "I did not take a sabbatical, but only a break".
Allegri confirms that he will return in June and tells that he has not gone in these months of leisure to observe and study the training of his illustrious colleagues. But to spend most of his time reading books ("mainly thrillers, but also one about Amedeo Modigliani: I went to London on purpose to visit one of his shows") and to watch football on TV: "Many more than when I train . In those moments I don't have time: the videos must never exceed 5 '. Now I enjoy life with family and friends. "
The former Juventus coach then says he grew up in the Livorno racecourse where his grandfather took him: "Federico Tesio, one of the greatest coaches in history, explained that you can understand how a horse will run by how he moves his legs in the morning . Same thing with the players: to see if a player is in shape you have to look at his legs in the morning in training, like horses. I tell my assistants to look at how the legs move, not the computer. "
Allegri then says that in the coaching school in Coverciano we focus too much on schemes and systems and "less importance is given to how to communicate with the players and the perception of the game: sensations are the most important things". Favorite coaches and teams? Jurgen Klopp, "his" Cagliari and Gasperini's Atalanta: "Great entertainment with Gasp, above all because he plays one-on-one all over the pitch".
Source: New York Times.
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