A few days before the start of the Serie A season, the club’s doctors are giving advice to the players about what to wear during the pre-season, when it’s time to return to training.
For the new-look Milan players, this is a vital step in their preparation for a tough start to the campaign, which begins with a trip to Turin to face Juventus on March 8.
“There is nothing special that is expected,” explains Dr. Alessandro Di Stefano.
“The goal is to get to the game, and for this reason, we are very focused on our own performance.”
The Italian is not one to hide his opinion, but there is an argument that the players’ attire must change in order to prepare them for the encounter with Juventus, a team that boasts some of the best young talents in Serie A.
According to Di Stefiano, there is one thing that all professional athletes need to remember during the course of a match, and it’s that their performance is of paramount importance to the match itself.
“The players should be wearing their best, because we need to achieve something,” Di Stefani says.
“We need to win the match, so if we do not perform well, then we lose.”
Athletic performance is essential, but in the end, we need the players to do well.
If they are not good, we lose.
“The same applies to the club staff.
The medical staff has a strong opinion that the best way to prepare the players for a match is to give them their training on the pitch.”
To help prepare the Milan players for the game in Turin, they have already been given some advice. “
There are other ways of doing it, but we believe that this is the best option.”
To help prepare the Milan players for the game in Turin, they have already been given some advice.
“A few days ago, the medical staff informed us that we are to wear our most recent training kit, as well as new socks,” explains Giancarlo Poggi, the assistant manager for the club.
I do not want the players, as players, to go into this with the wrong attitude. “
In fact, in order for this to work, we should be very careful.
I do not want the players, as players, to go into this with the wrong attitude.
If we don’t have the right mindset, the game will go wrong.”
We have the same mentality as the players: we are not to play like a dog, we must be focused and ready to play.
“I believe that the medical team is very intelligent and has a good knowledge of what is happening with the players.”
It is not only the players who need to be focused, however.
For many of the players in the squad, the season starts in January, when the first of the new training sessions is expected to start.
“As we have seen, training has to be done at home, because there is no other place to do it,” Di Stelzio says.
“So we have to make the most of the time we have.
But we also have to be aware that there is nothing wrong with going to a different place if we are playing at home.”
For Milan’s assistant manager, the new approach is a crucial part of his job.
“For me, it is important that we train at home,” he says.
“‘You can train there, or you can stay at the hotel.’
The goal is that everyone is ready to do everything.””
It is the only way we can play football,” DiSteffano continues.
“At the moment, there are some players who can’t play, and others who can play well, but they cannot get to where they want to be.
The important thing is that we can improve.”