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Re: Pre-Season Training in Auronzo di Cadore (News)
« Reply #10 on: July 22, 2010, 07:13:15 PM »

News: July 20th

As we have come to expect, training was an athletic and tactical workout. The squad now had to contend with additional competition as Bresciano and Lichtsteiner returned to the square. Also returning were Foggia after a short spell on the sidelines with a thigh problem and Matuzalem, who is newly recovered after being out for four months with a fracture. With Reja stating that he wants two players for every position, one would hope training would intensify at this stage as the numbers gradually increase.



The youngsters are still impressing too though. Kozak has had a good week but today, it was right-back Cavanda who took all the plaudits. With Pintos, Lichtsteiner, Brocchi, Gonzalez and Cavanda set to fight it out for two positions, our right flank should not be short on quality this season. However, the upcoming friendly games are what will separate the men from the boys, starting with Iran tomorrow in what promises to be an intriguing test.

Want to get closer to the Auronzo vibe? Check this out:

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Re: Pre-Season Training in Auronzo di Cadore (News)
« Reply #11 on: July 22, 2010, 07:18:07 PM »

News: July 21st

The morning session was devoted to the preparation of Iran. Reja had twenty-one players at his disposal as the squad continues to look thin. Foggia, Firmani, Floccari and Correa remained out of action with injuries. Gonzalez was still absent as he tries to sort out the technicalities for his move to Italy while Dias makes his way back from Brazil following the births of his twin boys. Bresciano and Lichtsteiner trained separately to work on their physical fitness instead of technique, like the others. The three goalkeepers (Berni, Berardi, Bizzarri) trained separately too.

Also absent was Gonzalo Barreto. Tragically, his mother was killed and the bright hope has gone back home to grieve. Our thoughts are with him and his family at this difficult time.

May she rest in peace.



Iran, and the first "real" test of the season (not that all other tests have been fake, but this one is more real than those before and less real than those ahead. Get me? Thought not). The game ended 1-1 and while there were positives to take from the game, the overall performance was far from satisfying. Considering this was the first "real" friendly of the season, that cannot come as a surprise but at the same time, it is difficult to ascertain on the performance levels alone whether the seemingly improved training regime is reaping the right rewards. The tactic was predictable; a 3-5-2. The selection was orthodox; the line-up was as follows and you can see stark similarities between this side and that of last season:

Berni, Radu, Stendardo, Biava, Del Nero, Mauri, Ledesma, Brocchi, Pintos, Zarate, Rocchi.
Subs: Bizzarri, Kozak, Cavanda, Cribari, Diakitè, Lichtsteiner, Zauri, Scaloni, Bresciano, Perpetuini, Matuzalem.

The positives were the youngsters who managed to hold their own when they featured and of course Bresciano, the goalscorer. No better way to boost one's confidence than to grab a goal, friendly or otherwise and hopefully, that will settle him in sharply. Also spotted lurking in Auronzo was Igli Tare who has probably spoken to half the Iranian national side by now to inquire who is available on loan or co-ownership and willing to accept a bag of fresh apples as a signing fee.

We will have to wait and see if he can conjure up a prince from his magic wand. Next up; Feltrese.

For Iran game photos, check out:

www.sololalazio.blog.tiscali.it

Our friends at Lalaziosiamonoi have a couple of interesting videos on their pages:

http://www.lalaziosiamonoi.it/?action=read&idnotizia=13381

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Re: Pre-Season Training in Auronzo di Cadore (News)
« Reply #12 on: July 23, 2010, 08:30:35 PM »

News: July 22nd

There is no rest for the wicked, or for the biancocelesti if the current schedule is anything to go by. Having endured a grueling test against Iran, everybody was called back into action for a game against minnows Feltrese. Everybody except Tommaso Rocchi that is. Our captain picked up a knock yesterday evening and needed ice to ease the swelling. Clearly, he could not be risked for Feltrese and we will have to wait and see how long he is set to be out for.

Reja opted for his preferred 3-5-2 against the Iranians but sought to experiment further against Feltrese by implementing a 3-4-2-1. This is not too much of a surprise as we have seen him lean towards a backline of three and try and address the long standing midfield to attack link problem at the same time. The game ended 5-0 to the good for us. Kozak and Del Nero both nabbed a brace which only further underlines their potentially usefulness to the squad this season. Bresciano looked neat again and Zarate looked like the Maurito of old only with added selflessness. There was much to be buoyed about. Perhaps the image below will bring a few of you back down to reality though. Look at his face, then at his left arm and remember to breathe.



For footage from Auronzo and match photos, check out these links:

http://www.lalaziosiamonoi.it/?action=read&idnotizia=13389
http://www.lalaziosiamonoi.it/?action=read&idnotizia=13401
http://sololalazio.blog.tiscali.it

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Re: Pre-Season Training in Auronzo di Cadore (News)
« Reply #13 on: July 27, 2010, 05:22:04 PM »

News: July 23th

A day when no friendly is scheduled and what do you know, everyone is feeling fit again. Good news emerged in the morning regarding a number of key players. Firstly, the knock Rocchi took against Iran was assessed and came back negative for any serious injury. A minor problem is the height of the concern and he should be back in training early next week. Also back on Monday morning will be Foggia who is once again raring to go. Floccari is also on the verge of rejoining the main group while Dias has finally arrived back from Brazil.



Training consisted of athletics training, tactical briefing and finally, a full blown tactical workout. Not participating in the session was Radu, as a precaution and Floccari, who continues to work separately, today concentrating on short sprints. The formation being tried extensively at the moment is 3-4-2-1, with Mauri and Bresciano as frontrunners for the trequartista position. However, part of this trial might be the fact that we have very few strikers who are fit. Kozak remains the main man in attack at the moment but drafted in this morning was Primavera starlet, Alessandro di Mario. All this in preparation for the spate of friendlies over the forthcoming days.

For more images from training, check out the link below:

http://www.lalaziosiamonoi.it/?action=read&idnotizia=13423

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Re: Pre-Season Training in Auronzo di Cadore (News)
« Reply #14 on: July 27, 2010, 05:22:43 PM »

News: 24th July

The morning session was a tactical offering in preparation for the evening friendly against Vicenza. While most players take some part in training, injured or otherwise, Firmani and Radu stayed away; the former with his fracture, the latter with an ankle problem. The weather had also taken a turn for the worse and perhaps the conditions got to the better of Gonzalez and Diakite' who both encountered niggles during the course of the workout. In Mobido's case, it looked anything but minor.



Despite experimenting with trequartistas in recent sessions, Reja opted yet again for his favoured 3-5-2 against Vicenza and it paid off with a 2-1 victory. Once again, Kozak found the back of the net as did Italo-Aussie, Mark Bresciano. However, according to lalaziosiamonoi, it was the right-sided wingbacks who stole the show, namely fan favourite Lichtsteiner and potential darling Cavanda. Perhaps this will act as the perfect excuse to send Pablo Pintos back home to Uruguay (Ba Dum Tsh). Unfortunately, the Vicenza tie was the perfect excuse for Lotito to make an appearance and he delivered his usual spiel about how he spends money wisely, how the youth system is flourishing and how we are a great team because we beat Inter once and so on.

Tomorrow's another day...

Images taken from morning session: http://www.lalaziosiamonoi.it/?action=read&idnotizia=13433
Video from Auronzo: http://www.lalaziosiamonoi.it/?action=read&idnotizia=13437

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Re: Pre-Season Training in Auronzo di Cadore (News)
« Reply #15 on: July 27, 2010, 05:23:19 PM »

News: July 25th

Having decided to spend his weekend with our boys, Lotito was quick to run his mouth off upon arrival in Auronzo. The main issues? The Ledesma saga and the Kolarov transfer. Suddenly the focus is switched to off the field matters. In the words of our president, Ledesma has refused a 1.5 million euro a year salary but will not be frozen out of the squad for doing so. Kolarov was offered 750,000 to stay but opted elsewhere. Make of that what you will.



Back to what really matters and the morning session. Reja, who seemed settled on his backline of three and sparse attack rather bizarrely decided to test a 4-3-3. This was tried out in conjunction with a 3-5-2 as the squad worked on their pace and possession. In the 4-3-3, players were asked to play in rather unusual positions, partly because there is no natural left-back and partly because Gonzalez, who was received generously be the tifosi, is quite the versatile act. Oh, and also because Mauri is a striker, of course.

Come 5.30, Belluno was calling and as you would expect against a local side, they were dispatched with relative ease as Di Mario, Stendardo, Gonzalez and Kozak combined to hit them for four and complete a satisfactory day's work. Once again, not much to be read from the performance but after a few meaningless friendlies, it has become apparent that a certain Pablo Pintos is not exactly Edy's cup of tea. Rumour has it that he is homebound; Hernanes incoming? Who knows.

For images from the weekend friendlies, check out this link:

http://www.lalaziosiamonoi.it/?action=read&idnotizia=13474

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Re: Pre-Season Training in Auronzo di Cadore (News)
« Reply #16 on: July 27, 2010, 05:24:04 PM »

News: July 26th

Coach Edy Reja granted the boys an exemption from training after a tiresome week where the squad consistently trained at a high level. It comes as no surprise to hear that the vast majority of players accepted the amnesty despite the fact that an optional training session was scheduled. Interestingly, Perpetuini, Zauri, Stendardo, Foggia and Scaloni felt the need to put in some extra hours. However, the session was intended for those who were playing catch up. Bresciano, Lichtsteiner and Barreto, who has returned following the tragic death of his mother, were found working with the weights. Also in attendance were Rocchi and Floccari who put in one final session hoping to prove fit enough to rejoin the main group when full training resumes tomorrow at 9.30.



Lalaziosiamonoi caught up with our head coach in the morning and he gave quite a few indications on how he intends to play this season:

- He feels we need two more players of significant quality.
- He believes the best solution at our disposal for replacing Kolarov is to play Diakite' at left-back.
- He is impressed by Cavanda but thinks he is too right-sided to be thought of as a possible left-back.
- He is salivating over the prospect of a midfield trio of Ledesma, Matuzalem and Hernanes, recognising that the latter is incredibly versatile.
- He says Boateng is too attack-minded to fit in the current system and his arrival would demand a change of approach.
- He states that Zarate is probably most at home in 4-3-3.
- He has yet to judge Pintos or Gonzalez as he feels it is too early in their preparations, acknowledging that they may have worked harder in the last ten days than the past season in South America.


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Re: Pre-Season Training in Auronzo di Cadore (News)
« Reply #17 on: July 28, 2010, 06:00:57 PM »

News: July 27th

Reja arrives on camp a happy man this morning to find himself with a full roster (minus Firmani) to train. I say he is a happy man, he might not be, since everyone knows the squad is horrendous in size anyway. Only Diakite' and Correa (minus Firmani) had to take a step back from the complete program as they are not fully healed and are required to devote more time to recovery. The others were asked to repeatedly cover a distance of 300m at certain velocities, depending on their ability and positions. Football tennis was also on the schedule and by now, the training methodology looks fun.



The evening session was briefly interrupted as an intruder left the players scampering off to the dressing room. When training resumed, Zauri was heavily experimented with (apologies if that sounds coarse or otherwise). Essentially, he was tested at left-back and suddenly his re-inclusion into the squad may have found its purpose. Di Mario's experiment was declared over as he made his way back to Rome. The others played against each other in the friendliest of friendlies as Mauro Zarate found the net to gift his side a 1-0 win much to the delight of the 150 fans who gathered in Auronzo to spectate. No such applause for Lichtsteiner and the rather nasty blisters that kept him out of action. Ouchy.

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Re: Pre-Season Training in Auronzo di Cadore (News)
« Reply #18 on: July 31, 2010, 07:31:59 PM »

News: July 28th

The more observant of the tifosi would have noticed that our boys woke up in fine form today as joking and laughter was to be had by all during the morning session. Not joking around though was Pasquale Foggia (although you can never tell with his pearly whites) whose recovery from injury has slowed up and thus he is forced to spend the next couple of days working individually with the trainer despite being due to rejoin the main group today. He will find companionship in Firmani and Diakite' on the sidelines.

Speaking of the main group, they were initially divided into seven squads for training but Floccari sat out this routine to continue his recuperation. The others were later asked to play football tennis and this threw up some fascinating battles. Pintos and Gonzalez looked in their element, demonstrating a degree of South American technique that could do with rubbing off on a few people (Mauri, take note mate).



In the evening session, tactics were at the top of the agenda. Giovanni Lopez assisted the defenders in their development while Reja worked with the more attack-minded individuals. Eventually, the two groups were amalgamated and Edy experimented with some new formations. In his first formation, he adopted a 4-4-2 which saw Del Nero assume the ill-fated left-back position. The second formation was very defensive and lined out more akin to a backline of five than a backline of three with Zauri interestingly featuring in the centre of defense once again.

The evening was productive but troublesome for yet another player. Mauri (do I hear a massive sigh of relief?) is suffering from fatigue and was left in a state called resting (some would argue he has being doing just that ever since he arrived in Rome). Tomorrow; Al-Nasr and another mini-test for the squad.

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Re: Pre-Season Training in Auronzo di Cadore (News)
« Reply #19 on: July 31, 2010, 07:32:27 PM »

News: July 29th

The morning session was dedicated to running as Reja wanted nothing but quick movement. Such was his obsession that he had our athletics coach on hand to help out with tactics and by noon, the coach was beginning to resemble something along the lines of Lichti on speed. Although, I must say, one glance at the image below and you have to think...what a hypocritical bastard. Just saying.

After almost killing our entire squad with severe leg torture, Edy split the boys into two groups and worked accordingly on defense and attack. Not much to be taken from the session on a whole as the focus of most was on the evening kick-off with Al-Nasr.



And how quickly we would like to forget that one, eh? Our boys succumbed to a rather poor defeat and it was the ever present worry known as the defense that appeared to draw most of the criticism. Partly because the guys back there did not look comfortable and partly because Zarate and Kozak maintained their superb pre-season form when those around them were floundering. We all know how effective the former can be but this evening, the young Czech star put in a performance that will open eyes and raise eyebrows. His goal tally is impressive even if his general play has been lethargic at times but if he keeps this up, he will be banging on doors in no time. He was instrumental in the goal, even if it will go down in the history books as a colossal fluke from Giuseppe Biava (I have my doubts whether anyone will record this in the history books but you catch my drift).

Anyway, let us move on swiftly and look forward to the game against Porto. Finally, some quality opposition. Sorry, what's that? Portogruaro? Oh.

For match photos, check out www.sololalazio.blog.tiscali.it and no, I am pretty sure they didn't steal those shirts from Chievo Verona's dressing room but thanks for asking (not that any of you actually inquired).

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