Adapting to synthetic pitch

Monday, August 1, 2016

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Today, the Pitmen have changed their regular training venue and conducted the evening session in the village of Schaslyve instead of Svyatoshyno. There, the Shakhtar Academy teams are currently based

This is due to the fact that in the return leg against Young Boys, the Donetsk side will play on a synthetic pitch.

- We’ve got a few days left before the meeting with the Swiss side. We decided to conduct the training on the artificial surface: it is necessary to try to adapt to the pitch surface, - said the assistant head coach of Shakhtar Nuno Campos.

- The synthetic has certain nuances, - said the defender Bohdan Butko. - The ball moves more slowly across the field, bouncing off it differently. In addition, the muscles and ligaments are loaded more.

An hour-long session included a two-side game across the pitch and practising set pieces. Given the 30-degree heat, Paulo Fonseca slightly reduced the training intensity. The injured Anton Kanibolotskyi and Bernard do not prepare for the game. We also want to note that Vyacheslav Shevchuk is back with the main group.

Tomorrow morning, the team will head to Switzerland. Let us remind you that the Champions League third qualifying round second leg Young Boys vs Shakhtar Donetsk will be held on August 3 in Bern.

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