Shakhtar in Portugal: graded load

Thursday, February 2, 2017

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This morning, the Pitmen’s training programme saw a small break to allow the players to recover after several days of intense physical loads

The coaching staff gradually shift the focus to friendly matches by increasing the playing load. However, in the afternoon the Donetsk side emerged on the pitch again to go for a few laps of jogging before doing some practice drills with balls. Note that the Brazilian defender Ismaily had already started training together with the general group. And the highlight of the session became a mini-tournament, with three teams being involved. The punishment for the losers added intensity and entertainment to those clashes.

- Yes, the motivation we have had today went through the roof! - Shakhtar midfielder Bernard says. - The thing is that we had agreed before the tournament started that the team, which take the last place, will serve the winners as waiters at dinner, and the players who hold the second spot, will stay in goal, with the winners hitting them with balls. Therefore, the desire to win was immense.

Tomorrow, they will proceed with training before holding the second match as part of the Atlantic Cup in the afternoon. The match Aalborg vs Shakhtar will get underway at 18:00 Kyiv time (EET). The live TV broadcast will be available on Futbol 1 channel, with the text commentary provided on the website shakhtar.com.