Empoli’s Riccardo Saponara says Juventus Coach Massimiliano Allegri is ‘the best at mental management’ but praises ‘father figure’ Maurizio Sarri.
The 23-year-old played under Allegri at Milan and Sarri at Empoli, but is baffled by his lack of an Italy call-up from Antonio Conte.
“I believe in the mental management of games, Allegri is the best,” he told Sky Sport Italia.
“When I got to Milan he took great care of that aspect. He reacts in the same way whether you lose or you win.
“Even though a defeat can lower self-esteem, he worked hard on this point of view.
“My relationship with him? We appreciated each other by tacit agreement.
"For Sarri is like a father. For a boy, more than a player, he can really grab you in the right way.
“At first I was annoyed by how he underlined any small moment of weakness. It’s surprising how he manages to get under your skin.
“For three years has was a father figure, generating an evolution that was frightening for everyone.
“Conte? I don’t know why he hasn’t called me up, it should be asked of him.
“The piano? I admit, I like to play to distract myself. I’m a bit of a novice, I wouldn’t advise anyone to listen to me.
“My idol? Kaka, I am inspired by him.”