India’s training methods similar to Premier League clubs, says sports scientist Danny Deigan

Danny Deigan has been appreciated by coach Stephen Constantine to help improve the fitness levels of players in the Indian football team.

The Indian football team begins its AFC Asian Cup campaign on January 6.   -  Sandeep Saxena

The training methods of the Indian football team are similar to those employed by some of the top English Premier League clubs, according to Danny Deigan, an Australian sports scientist who has worked to improve the fitness standards of the team in the past.

“After visiting a number of [English Premier League] clubs including Arsenal, Tottenham Hotspur and Leicester City, I can say that the methods that we use in the Indian national team are very similar to them,” Deigan was quoted as saying by AIFF.

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“It’s important to take note of the output against the top teams in Asia so that we can replicate them, and even do better in the upcoming Asian Cup,” he said at India’s ongoing preparatory camp for the AFC Asian Cup UAE 2019 in Abu Dhabi.

Three-step process

Deigan elaborated on the training regimen. “We run a screening every morning to assess the physical conditions of the players before the day’s training. At the training, we start with a physical warm-up session that leads to the main training. After the training, we go on to analyse the physical condition of every player individually,” he said.

He explained, “During the screening, we look into their ankles, hamstrings, groins and also their ability to jump. It gives us an idea of their fatigue and readiness which helps us to plan the day’s training.”

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In the past, Deigan has been lauded by head coach Stephen Constantine for his efforts to improve the fitness of players. “The effect of the tests and the results have been great for us. The credit goes to Danny’s effort in the past three years, and Joel Carter since earlier this year to raise the bar. Moreover, Gigy (George), Pratik [Kamble] and Liaqat [Ali] have also put in their efforts to keep the players up and running,” Constantine had said.

India begins its AFC Asian Cup 2019 campaign against Thailand on January 6 in Abu Dhabi.