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Real Madrid to increase focus on players’ physical preparation after run of four draws in eight games



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A club of Real Madrid’s stature does not settle for anything less than victories and when the team plays four draws in last eight matches, it calls for immediate attention.

As such, a report from The Athletic has emerged, quoting that following the run of recent results, the coaching staff has decided to put more emphasis on the players’ physical preparation. As a result, the roster is now set to undergo a special CPAP mask test.

Interestingly enough, sources from the club have told the outlet that while there is a containment over how the season has panned out so far, the general consciousness is to find a solution to better the performances considering the fixture pileup.

What kind of solution?

Interestingly enough, the team will study the players over three parameters, namely strength, speed and endurance.

Last week, they found out that the players have gotten better at quick, powerful movements, which they think is because they have become faster.

Real Madrid players will undergo different training next week. (Photo by Angel Martinez/Getty Images)

In response to these findings, Madrid intend to shift their focus towards endurance, and for that, they are planning to reintroduce CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) masks in the upcoming week. 

What is a CPAP mask? 

These masks, previously employed by the head of physical training, Antonio Pintus, during recent pre-seasons, play a crucial role in monitoring and analyzing players’ oxygen and carbon dioxide levels. This data is then utilized to personalize and optimize their training programs.

The outlet affirms that a new round of CPAP mask tests is scheduled for the players next week, aiming to assess their endurance levels at this specific stage of the season. 

Subsequently, the coaching staff will make informed decisions on whether to prioritize endurance training or continue with explosive training, encompassing speed, strength, and power exercises.

As mentioned, Real Madrid’s season has been largely on track, having pocketed the Spanish Super Cup already. The team is leading La Liga at the moment and it remains to be seen how they progress in the UEFA Champions League.

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Real Madrid captain drops future hint – ‘Sometimes circumstances aren’t right to be a one-club man’



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Real Madrid are just days away from their highly anticipated Champions League final showdown against Borussia Dortmund.

Once the final has been played, planning for the summer transfer window will be in full swing, with the topic of arrivals and departures likely to be discussed.

One of the players facing an uncertain future is Nacho Fernandez. The Real Madrid captain has yet to disclose his future ambitions, despite nearing the end of his contract.

Nacho opens up about future

While he previously claimed that he had already made his decision, a shift in tone can be observed now, with Nacho asserting that he will soon sit with the club and his family to evaluate the best course of action

For now, the 34-year-old remains focused on the Champions League final and does not wish to draw any unnecessary attention.

“Future? The focus is on the final now. After that, I will sit with the club, Ancelotti and my family and I’ll decide what’s the best thing for me,” he told El Chiringuito.

On his way out? (Photo by Yasser Bakhsh/Getty Images)

Fernandez acknowledges the fans’ support

Additionally, the veteran centre-back claimed that he does need a grand farewell to know how much the Madrid faithful appreciate him.

“That love the fans have for Toni is the same they have for me. I don’t need a farewell to know the fans love me,” he reflected.

Nacho has devoted his entire career to Real Madrid, rising through the ranks from the youth academy and spending over two decades with the Merengues.

However, he has alluded to the possibility of perhaps donning the colours of a different jersey.

“Sometimes the circumstances are not right to be a ‘one club man’,” he cryptically claimed.

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