Shakhtar in Spain: in two-sessions-a-day mode

Sunday, January 15, 2017



The Pitmen spent a full valuable training day at the camp in the Spanish town of La Manga

So far, the coaching staff concentrate exclusively on working with the ball to prevent the footballers from overloading with running drills. The players honed skills in controlling the ball in a restricted space, taking collective effort to win the ball and putting pressure.

The session rounded off with a two-sided play in both halves of the pitch, with the whole team being involved.

– On first days of the training camp, as always, the coaches place emphasis on physical load to make us rediscover the top form, – the Shakhtar midfielder Oleksandr Zubkov says. – It is harder for me in this way, as I have been out of action through the injury for two months. However, I am feeling good now, and my chief goal is getting into shape that I was in earlier. At this stage, they are alternating racing exercises and tactics with ball-work drills. We play many two-side games on both halves of the pitch performing various tasks given. Therefore, the training sessions turn out rigorous and exciting.

Tomorrow, Shakhtar will continue to prepare for the coming season at the Spain-based camp. Prior to the ending of training camp’s opening stage, the team will train in two-sessions-a-day mode – in the morning and in the afternoon.