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Pintus: “The players came back in very good physical condition”

Real Madrid’s physical trainer talked to the club’s website and explained some of the work the players have been doing these days.

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Real Madrid’s physical trainer Antonio Pintus is a beloved figure for fans and players alike. He completed a brilliant work last season, keeping the team’s veterans fresh for the last third of the season, when the games matter most.

Pintus talked to Real Madrid’s website and analyzed what the players are working on since the team got back to work. The Italian trainer praised the roster.

“It’s essential to know where we are and how they players are at through these test. I’m very happy with the players. They came back in a very good condition. It’s also a result of the work we’ve done over the past year. I’d like to thank them first of all. When the test turns out like this, it’s not down to me, but due to their hard work,” he said.

Pintus also explained why the playes have been using masks this week.

“The test is carried out using a mask with a layer 5 system. It is certainly not hypoxia training. It’s a test designed to find out the players’ aerobic and anaerobic thresholds and their current power. The mask works to analyse oxygen and carbohydrates. We need to know the percentage of one and the other in order to determine the player’s condition at the moment. The result helps to personalise or at least give some direction to the work the team is doing. Pre-season training is based on an aerobic foundation of long runs which is then used hand in hand with the direction and objective of shorter and faster runs,” he explained.

Pintus concluded his brief interview by explaining how the 2022 FIFA World Cup will affect Real Madrid’s physical conditioning and overall preparation throughout the season.

“The break in training in November due to the World Cup will be good for me, because we can do another pre-season and work a little bit more for the players who stay behind. It will be different for the players who’re going to the World Cup. They’ll have to rest one hundred per cent when the come back and then return to work gradually. It’s going to be completely different for the two groups,” he said.

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