It was time for Ibiza to hit the ground running today at the Can Misses and complete the demanding Cooper Test. The ball took a backseat today in the Blues’ training session. Under the guidance of Álex Prieto, the first team’s fitness coach, the players gave it their all by running the maximum distance possible during the resistance test which lasts for twelve minutes.
“It definitely was a hard slog, but the batteries we charge now will serve us well to prevent injuries further down the track”, said Gonzalo de la Fuente after wrapping up the session. The central defender from Burgos spoke to the media following the impressions given by team-mate Miguel Núñez. “These physical tests are a way to measure our stamina and help to adapt the individual workload”, the Extremadura native explained.
During the press conference, Gonzalo and Núñez also expressed their excitement at starting their second season as Ibiza players. Both squad veterans acknowledged their appreciation in terms of the competitive dimension that the new Ibiza signings bring to team, because the level of intensity being applied this summer will only improve their own performance.
This afternoon the players have been given free time to rest and relax. The squad will return to the training pitch tomorrow afternoon to continue the long path that is preseason. August 25 – day of the first round of the league against Las Palmas Atlético in Gran Canaria – is still a fair way away.