World-class facilities and excellent training

"The training was conducted in short sessions which ensured that we did not get tired and our bodies received the proper kind of conditioning," said Nabi.

Syed Rahim Nabi ... "The formation drills and strength training that we received will definitely help us in becoming better professional players."   -  Thulasi Kakkat

The facilities we received in Segovia were world class as they are often used by the first team of Atletico Madrid. The schedule remained tight and the communication among the players was quite cordial and hearty. The training was conducted in short sessions which ensured that we did not get tired and our bodies received the proper kind of conditioning. Previously, the kind of pre-season training I was exposed to, when playing for the I-League clubs or the national team, did not expose me to these kinds of modern methods or technique which are in use at the highest level of European football.

We have been feeling and discussing the change this kind of training is going to bring to our performance. I am sure all the franchises are using similar methods of modern scientific training for their teams. More than the international players, the Indian players are going to benefit from this and play with a new level of fitness and confidence. The formation drills and strength training that we received will definitely help us in becoming better professional players.

(As told to Amitabha Das Sharma)