CCFC boys need to improve fitness, says JS Hercules' trainer

Having worked with Indian footballers earlier, Perala and his team expected that the three CCFC players would not be up to the mark physically and the initial physical tests results didn’t prove him wrong.

Timo Perala (in white) with Edwin Vanspaul, Soosairaj and Beautin at the gym.   -  Special Arrangement

Timo Perala, the fitness trainer of second tier Finnish side Hercules JS, stated that the three Chennai City FC footballers who came on board as part of the football development programme were skill and fast yet physically incomplete.

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Edwin Sydney Vanspaul, Michael Soosairaj and A. Beautin were told of the importance of nutrition, recovery and professional training in order to match the rigour of European football.

They returned on Wednesday from a month-long training camp in Finland as part of a long-term business agreement between the two clubs announced earlier in May.

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Having worked with Indian footballers earlier, Perala and his team expected that the three CCFC players would not be up to the mark physically and he initial physical tests results didn’t prove him wrong either.

“Seems like building the foundations for the upcoming season is widely neglected in Indian football,” he said.

He observed that Edwin and Soosairaj, in particular, had shown a remarkable level of improvement in building muscles during the stint. “All three players improved their endurance level, that was pretty low in the beginning,” he told Sportstar.

Upon returning from Oolu, the trio admitted to the fact that their fitness levels were on a lower level when compared to the footballers at Hercules. “We have the skill but we lack the physical attributes to go with it,” said Soosairaj, who had an impressive I-League outing with the Chennai club during the 2016-17 season.

After evaluating the players at the end of the camp, the trainer noted, “All three have potential to play in Europe if they develop their physical abilities. Our technical director Daniel Amokachi wanted them to stay for longer in order to work with them.”

Perala hoped that his club would continue to work with Chennai City to yield better results in the future. “The four-week period was just a teaser. We need to work on improving their abilities for next two years at the least.

"Increasing the player’s strength capacity and transforming that into explosive power will benefit them in their game,” he said.

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