Did garlic sweets help Juventus man score winner?

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The motivational coach of Juventus defender Leonardo Bonucci reveals he gave him garlic sweets and told him to breathe on the Roma players.

The controversial motivator of Juventus man Leonardo Bonucci, who scored the winning goal against Roma, has claimed that he gave the defender garlic sweets and told him to breathe on Francesco Totti and Gervinho.

Alberto Ferrarini is known for some odd methods for motivating his clients and in the past has psyched Bonucci up by 'punching him and insulting him in a dark hotel room'.

On the eve of Juventus's crucial clash with Roma, Ferrarini claims that he provided Bonucci with a valuable weapon.

"We spent three hours in the hotel to prepare for the game," he told Tuttosport.

"When we finished our work I gave Leonardo some garlic sweets that are inedible, natural products. 

"The soldiers of hundreds of years ago ate garlic to remain strong, healthy and lucid in battle. Leo is a soldier, and eating the sweets would be like returning to that time.

“I told him to breathe in the face of Gervinho and Totti. The most important thing was to achieve the objective, to win.”

Bonucci netted the winner with a stunning volley in the closing stages as Juventus vanquished Roma 3-2, so he may stick with the garlic if not for practical reasons then for superstitious ones.

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