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Is playing against your formal team, a therapy?

In Buenos Aires, football is more than a sport and defined it as an experience of passion, intensity, loyalty, friendship and camaraderie. Football is a game of passion and many footballers involve their whole being when on the field of play.

The intense competition can bring the best or worst in an individual. The mentality of a player before he gets on the pitch brings out the best or the worst of himself. Luck is very important when it comes to football and players have to know that.

The emotion of players run very high when things are not going on well with them on the pitch and this lessens their attention and reasoning. So there is the need to curb their emotion or anger when it rises.

Greatest players hunger to impress their formal team when they get the opportunity to play against them and want to demonstrate to their formal team that they have lost such a great player like him. Especially, those that didn’t leave the team on a good note.

Players that leave a team against their will not only but also those that the team longsighted them to be surplus to requirement and many other reasons. Some players get carried away with the tempo of the game and sometimes allow their emotion to overcome them leading to misbehaving and changing the nature of the game.

Most often the match goes in favour of their opponent causing a great harm or loss to his team. Not able to control anger in a game is very bad and this thus not affect the player alone but the entire team because such player contribution is very important for the progress of the team. When a player is sent off the field due to misbehaving, it results in a reduction of the number in his team making his opponent superior over them and taking advantage of that to punish them. Not only on the field but off the pitch the teams pay mulct for that misconduct and also serve some bans.

Coaches take a huge risk featuring players to play against their formal team. Such a risk could be either good or bad only when the player produces a worthy or ruthless performance. Last night Derby d’Italia between Milan and Juventus produce an unwanted incidence that wasn’t good to football and other sports discipline.  That was Gonzalo Higuain reaction on the pitch towards the referee in the derby.

Was it good on the side of Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri to bench Bonucci against his formal team which he was the captain and wound he had been criticized if Juventus had lost the game? Did coach Gattuso do well by featuring Higuain who was not 100% fit in the game and keeping him on the pitch till that moment that he was sent off after he had missed the penalty in the first half?

Referees also need to treat players playing against their formal with a little bit of leniency. Referees sometimes have to understand players for their behaviour against their formal team but don’t mean they should not be penalized when they go wrong.

For the business aspect, it is always good to feature players against their formal team. Fans want to know how the players will play against such an opponent and this lures them to the stadium.

For every professional player, you have to show professionalism when your service is much needed in every match irrespective of the opponent.

 

By:

Theophilus Ansah

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