OCT27 MIDWEEK PULSE
Having been off the pitch for about five months and not being able to have a physical group training or meetings.Nwocha Martins in this week’s pulse discusses the effect of not having his teammates around and how important the player’s social relationship helps the whole team.
ON THE IMPACT OF GROUP TRAINING?
MARTINS: ‘Football is a team game and therefore you need all the players together, so as to be able to analyse and work on the team technical and tactical routines.
There is period maybe as an individual you may have to train alone, probably because you’re just returning to light training because of an injury but in the end, you will need to be integrated back with the whole squad.’
HOW HAS IT BEEN WITHOUT OUTDOOR TRAINING?
MARTINS: ‘What we’ve been on mostly is some personal training routines for the past weeks and trying as much as possible to stay in shape.
I have missed training outside on the pitch with my teammates because out there on a daily we speak to each other and motivate one another.
The Manager is able to pass and explains his instructions to you easily. So, on a general basis, it has been quite tough to remain on the personal routine.’
WHAT WAYS DOES THE PLAYERS STAY IN CONTACT?
MARTINS: ‘We all stay connected online via social media apps and we do have a unified group where we discuss matters that have to do with the team.
It’s quite important we do this as it also boosts our morale and helps with our team bonding, because when there’s unity in the team then everything else flows perfectly.’
ON SETTING SIGHT ON A POSSIBLE RETURN?
MARTINS: ‘I think all we need to get is a go and we’re all set and good to go. It’s been a very long time we’ve been off the pitch and we would all love to get back as soon as possible.
If we are told to resume tomorrow we are ready and honestly, I can’t wait to get back into a competitive mode, it’s been a tough year but we’ve got to make the best out of it.’
ABOUT SEASON’S PROSPECTIVE AIM?
MARTINS: ‘I am particularly positive about the season considering some of the improvements we’ve made as a team.
It’s exciting to think about the season ahead and I hope as the games come by we get better as a team and also individually.’
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