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Marcos' pre-season diary

Posted on 22 July 2008  - 12:00

First team coach Marcos Alvarez gives us the inside track as pre-season preparations continue in Spain.

Marcos' pre-season diary

First team coach Marcos Alvarez gives us the inside track as pre-season preparations continue in Spain.

Marcos will give us the rundown on what the lads are up to on the training ground as they prepare for the big one - the Barclays Premier League kick-off at Middlesbrough on August 16.

Day 19, July 21

"THE players recovered well after the game against Denia on Saturday and we therefore put more intensity into the running on Monday morning," reported Marcos.

"The sprints were all about power and strength work. You have to time this work right in pre-season because it's tough and the players can get tired very quickly. Now is the right time to do it rather than too close to the start of the season.

"It's difficult to say where the players are in terms of their overall fitness but for us, it's about reaching that peak fitness at the right time.

"Tuesday will be the last day of three sessions out here. We have a good game against Hercules on Thursday night, a team in the Spanish Second Division and we have to prepare in the right way for that."

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