Saturday August 24 2019
Rules relaxed for Sarri and Mihajlovic

Maurizio Sarri and Sinisa Mihajlovic will not be on the bench for Juventus and Bologna games, so how will they keep in touch with team and staff?

The Bianconeri announced via a statement this week that Sarri was still undergoing treatment for pneumonia and would not be on the bench for either of the two opening fixtures against Parma and Napoli.

He has been at the Continassa training centre, but in a separate room, watching the sessions via videolink and keeping in touch with his assistants on the phone.

Juve begin their Serie A campaign today at 17.00 UK time at Parma’s Stadio Tardini, click here for a match preview.

The rules on communicating with the bench are relaxed when the absence is due not to suspension, but force majeure, in this case illness.

Sarri will therefore be on the phone continually with assistant Giovanni Martusciello and the rest of his staff.

He’ll also be able to give a half-time team talk remotely.

The same situation applies to Bologna and their Coach, Mihajlovic, who is undergoing chemotherapy after his leukaemia diagnosis.

The Serbian has been watching training sessions and games via streaming from his hospital bed and given team talks on speaker phone.

That scenario has already been used for weeks now, not to mention he was already their tactician last season.

Sarri and Juve are still getting to know each other and there is more room for potential hiccups.

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