Juventus use top psychologist to help players amid Covid-19 fears

Maurizio Sarri enlists help of Juventus psychologist on the training ground to help address players’ Covid-19 anxiety ahead of Serie A restart

  • Professor Giuseppe Vercelli has been present at the club’s training sessions
  • Psychologist used by Sarri to ease player fears about the coronavirus pandemic
  • Juventus are due to return to action in the Coppa Italia against Milan on June 12
  • Sarri’s side will then resume their Serie A season as league leaders a week later 
  • Here’s how to help people impacted by Covid-19

Juventus have enlisted the help of a leading psychologist to help their squad overcome Covid-19 anxiety ahead of Serie A’s return.

Professor Giuseppe Vercelli has been used by manager Maurizio Sarri to help reduce fears among his players about catching coronavirus.

Cristiano Ronaldo and Co are back in full training ahead of the scheduled resumption of the league campaign on June 20.

Cristiano Ronaldo on the ball during the latest Juventus training session on Friday 

Manager Maurizio Sarri has enlisted the help of the club’s psychologist to address Covid fears

Juventus will return to action prior to that on June 12 when they face AC Milan in the semi-final, second leg of the Coppa Italia. The first leg, played in February, ended in a 1-1 draw.

Professor Vercelli, of the University of Turin, is a consultant for various sports federations and has an established reputation in Italy.

He has headed the psychology department at the club’s J Medical facility since 2011 but is now being used by Sarri in more of a frontline role. 

Tuttosport report that Sarri sought help on the psychological side from a professional with the Covid-19 pandemic throwing up different problems to the usual physical ones.

Professor Giuseppe Vercelli has become a daily presence on the Juventus training ground

The Juventus squad trained at their stadium on Friday ahead of the Serie A resumption

Prof. Vercelli has been a daily presence at the Juventus Training Center since the players’ return to training.

According to a study by FIFPRO and the University of Amsterdam, the number of professional footballers reporting symptoms of anxiety and depression has increased sharply during the pandemic.

Juventus players like Douglas Costa, who frequently suffers injuries, and Gonzalo Higuain, who returned from Argentina with anxiety having left his mother alone, are likely to benefit from Prof. Vercelli’s expertise.

Juventus are a point ahead of Lazio at the top of Serie A with 12 rounds of the season remaining. 

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