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Marcos' pre-season diary

Posted on 13 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.

Days 10/11, July 12/13

"SATURDAY started with a one-kilometre circuit at the golf course where we did a gentle warm-up lap and then ran five laps at five-minute pace. This circuit had different parts including running at 50 per cent, 90 per cent, 200 metres at high pace and a 100-metre sprint at 70 per cent.

"The sessions at the beach were all about power. We started with sprints in the soft sand for 25 minutes and then we played games, which were all about team work.

"We split the squad into three and did different relays, with the ball and without the ball on the sand and then running into the sea.

"It was funny as well as hard work and that's what we're looking for at this training camp.

"The evening session was all about ball work with a finishing routine and then short-sided games, one-touch and two-touch football.

"On Sunday it was a high-intensity football session. We had different exercises concentrating on keeping possession, defending and then a match on three-quarters of the pitch.

"The players are feeling comfortable on the ball and that's when the intensity will rise more and more.

"Training will now be more specific in terms of football work with more tactical work.

"We finished Sunday with a session in the gym. It's something we'll continue throughout the season and that's all about core strength."

Training camp, Spain

Training camp, Spain