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Shakhtar in Spain: workloads increase

Tuesday, January 17, 2017



The Pitmen continue to work on rediscovering their form in La Manga

The weather in the south of Spain is far from being ideal at these days: the air is cool, strong breeze has driven thunderous clouds today. However, the footballers never mean to take a rest, anyway. The morning session turned to be the longest and the hardest since the training camp got underway. After that, the players restored muscles at the open-air swimming pool.

– At the first stage, as always, we must pull up our physical form, – tells Shakhtar midfielder Maksym Malyshev. – We run a lot, however, do not forget about playing football, working with the ball, and improving moves. In the morning, we held a long training session, however, it will just do us a lot of good, since hard loads only strengthen.

The afternoon session was devoted, largely, to tactics and developing attacking moves that rounded off with a mini-tournament. Three teams played with one another a knock-out game until either of them scored a first goal, and it was Taison who drew a line to secure a victory for his team. The newcomer of the Orange-and-Blacks Gustavo Blanco Leschuk joined up with the team as well,  having his first training session with the Donetsk side. 

– I am happy to get down to training at Shakhtar, Today, I had a very nice session and feel fine, – the Pitmen’s forward Gustavo Blanco Leschuk shared his experience. – The lads have taken me welcome, in a friendly manner. I am trying to find the common ground with everyone. I am confident it is going to be easier for me day by day.

Hard pre-season work will keep on tomorrow. The team are expected to have two training sessions on the pitches of the La Manga Club Centre.