Bruno Dominici spoke about the preparations at Milanello in these days, saying the players ‘arrived in good physical conditions and we are satisfied’.
Pre-season started for Milan last Monday, and while uncertainly reigns at the corporate level, the day-to-day life at training center Milanello remains per usual, as the players train under coach Gennaro Gattuso ahead of the new campaign.
Sky Italia’s Peppe Di Stefano said today that voices from Milanello are talking about very intense preparations, and there are comparisons to Massimiliano Allegri’s first season with the club.
Athletic coach Bruno Dominici spoke to MilanTV today to shed some light on the Rossoneri’s work:
“The boys are working very well. We are happy, we are happy for how they arrived. At the end of last season, we had given them a fitness program to do during the two weeks prior to the first day of training of this campaign, and we have seen that they did it.
“They arrived in good physical conditions and we are satisfied. We started with a greater amount of athletic work compared to the work with the ball. Then, slowly, the percentage will change and we will go more and more towards working with the ball.
“Besides the real physical work, there is also a physiological component, that is, the capacity to struggle and to be resilient, this is the reason behind the exercises we have been doing on the pitch or in the woods, mainly to achieve these two objectives together.
“I must say that the coach was used to this type of training. The coach liked these types of sessions very much and when I proposed this type of preparation that is similar to the preparation he used to do as a player, he was very happy and approved this kind of exercises with great pleasure.
“On the choice to train in the woods and on the sand, as I said before, these are two exercises chosen for that reason, to distinguish the different difficulties of the players, to avoid overloading them unnecessarily and therefore to achieve the same metabolic goal, but with different means allowing us not to create further problems for the players.
“We always use the words the coach likes. In this case ‘intensity’, ‘hard work’, and ‘resilience’ because we know very well that this is a sport in which you always struggle. As I said before, you can struggle in two ways: mentally and physically. The first type of struggle is mental, it’s not just me saying it, but those who study the topic, and therefore we try to make the players understand this.
“When you start getting tired, you can still go a little further from the physical point of view so you can overcome this phase when you start thinking: ‘I would like to stop for a moment to slow down, to recover…’ We don’t exaggerate or go over the limits, because we know what we are doing, we are monitoring the workloads and trying to find the ideal workload, this is what we are trying to do.
“I think this is a young group with great hopes, because they are truly a group of young people who have a very young potential. I see it this way: it’s a young group with a very promising future. The coach also trains every time he is on the pitch. From my point of view, this makes working so easy, also for us, because the boys understand and give the right importance to every type of work we do. He [Gattuso] can pass on the right intensity to the players because he did those things before.
“So, it’s not just about saying ‘come on, let us do it, this is an important exercise’, but he knows exactly what the players are going to do, he understands the difficulty as well. He does not only have expectations, when the players struggle, he understands why because he was in their situation.”