AS Roma: The optimal 'performance mind set' takes shape off the pitch

Updated 1010 GMT (1810 HKT) June 5, 2017

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  • Roma head of performance hired in 2014
  • Overseas all training and off-field activity
  • Norman set up World Cup training center for Germans

(CNN)For AS Roma, the key to shaping its future is not forgetting its past.

That past now notably including Francesco Totti, who concluded his remarkable 24-year career with Roma on May 28, in a home match at the Stadio Olimpico against Genoa.
The 40-year-old striker has provided an interesting case study of football longevity for the club's director of performance Darcy Norman, who is not your every day sport scientist.
Norman is interested in using a supply chain management and systems thinking approach, borrowed from the world of big business and applied to European football.
It's an approach based on the idea that knowing that every action sets off a chain of events that will impact performance.