Sometimes team spirit isn’t organic. Sometimes it needs to be manufactured.
Maybe a team watches a movie together to foster chemistry. Or maybe the coach comes up with a rule where substituted players must remain on the bench and watch the game with his teammates, or else face harsh punishment.
Say what? That’s exactly what Juventus coach Antonio Conte has done. Players that are taken off in-game will be required to watch the rest of the game from the bench, or else face a fine and a month-long ban.
Harsh, indeed! Conte, clearly upset after Pirlo opted to march down the tunnel after being subbed off against Verona, had this to say about the situation:
“Before it, there had never been the need to have a rule, but from now on there is a rule and it is valid for all players.” The only exception? Players that that are on a stretcher and have to see the doctor.
So much for catching and early shower and beating traffic.