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Saturday, June 18, 2016



Shakhtar's preparation for the new season is gaining momentum

Today, Paulo Fonseca concentrated his players attention on the physical aspect. The players were given a complete exercise routine for the muscles: squats and lunges with dumbbells, pushups, static load. The players also worked on speed, reflexes and stamina with tactics being an integral part of the training by Fonseca's staff. Therefore, after the physical part, the Orange and Black learned new plays of the Portuguese coach. The training process pace remains intense.

"It is very hard. Compared to what it had been like before, everything is different," defender of Shakhtar Ivan Ordets shared his impressions after the first working week, "A lot of tactical learning. All training sessions are filmed, and the coach points out mistakes during theoretical classes. I feel that I become better and stronger every day. I think we need just a little more time to improve. Before training Fonseca tells us what we are going to do, and we go out onto the pitch, knowing what to do. The young guys training with us have some experience in the Ukrainian Premier League games, and they understand football. We all support each other and getting ready for Holland.

Shakhtar continues to train twice a day. Today's second session is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. The only player not training in the general group is Marcio Azevedo. Sunday is a day off for the players, and on Monday, June 20, the team will go to their first training camp in the Dutch town of De Lutte.

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