Mumbai: The daily routine of the members of the national football team, who met here Monday for a preparatory camp after a break, included regular sessions to improve their condition so that the focus could immediately shift to technical aspects.
The players have gathered for the camp prior to the intercontinental four-country cup that will be held from 7 July in Ahmedabad.
India plays Tajikistan on the opening day, with DPR Korea and Syria being the other two teams.
"Coach (Igor) Stimac and his support staff had drawn up a schedule for each individual player. It was a sort of off-season, but we had to handle it as a kind of pre-season for the camp," defender Pritam Kotal was quoted in a press release issued by the All India Football Federation.
"I never compromised my fitness schedule (during the break), in fact, I did more, the consciousness levels were higher," the defender commented.
Central defender Sandesh Jhingan estimated that now the players will come back fitter and the coach can concentrate on technical aspects.
"The schedule came from the professor (Luka Radman), who was very categorical: he emphasized what a player should do when he was not with his club and with the setup of the national team," he said.
"Now everyone comes back fitter and the coach can work on technical aspects, and on the system, on how we want to play," said Jhingan, who led the team in the past.
He also said the coach had provided match analysis videos to the players.
In addition to the physical and technical training schedule, we also received race analysis videos from the coach. The emphasis was on the essential mental part. If you are mentally strong and understand football, that is your greatest strength as a player, "he added.
Experienced custodian Gurpreet Singh Sandhu said he & # 39; works day in day out to stay fitter & # 39 ;.
"The camp will be a different camp, they are all new and ready to take on the momentum of learning the new system and implement it on the field, Sandhu said.