Behind every great leader is an industrious and professional backroom team, and that’s just what has been proven today: following in the footsteps of Antonio Conte, who received the Serie A manager of the year award this week, Juventus’ Paolo Bertelli has been named the top flight’s best fitness coach by his peers.
The prestigious ‘Cronometro d’Oro’ (Golden Stopwatch) award is entirely voted for by fellow fitness coaches, and Bertelli is its recipient for the second year in a row in recognition of his contribution to the great successes of the 2012/13 Scudetto-winning campaign.
Speaking about picking up the prize once again, Bertelli began: “It’s especially nice to receive it from my peers. It may be me that’s being rewarded, but in truth it’s thanks to everyone’s efforts.
“There are many of us in the coaching staff, and what’s more we’re lucky enough to be able to work with Antonio Conte, the best manager around.”
Bertelli then went on to explain how the challenges he faces have developed in the years since he first started working with Juventus.
“This award is for last season, and it was a very different one to my first at the club. We’ve moved on from just having to contend with the league and Coppa Italia to competing in Europe as well; in the first year it was a less intense proposition.
“Overseeing the team’s fitness has become more of a challenge with the Europa League, but ultimately every year is different. You have to deal with the situation you’re presented with, whether it be suspensions or injuries…sometimes you have to change your plans.”
Despite regular spanners in the works, one thing that does remain constant according to Bertelli is the final objective.
“What would be required to win the ‘Cronometro d’Oro’ next season too? To do better than this year.”