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“We’re putting petrol in the tank!”

Mannone on getting ready for the run-in

15 February 2018

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The current campaign hasn't panned out the way that we wanted it, but with a third of the season left to play there are still a lot of points at stake.


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And goalkeeper Vito Mannone discusses how the team are using their time away in Spain together to get refreshed and prepare for the run-in of the final 15 fixtures.

“These five days here are giving us a chance to work a bit harder and to regroup, and to be together in the same place,” Mannone said.

“It’s hard work every day – a training session in the morning and a gym session in the afternoon, and some time together in the evening… and go again the next morning!

“We’ve been playing almost every three days since the beginning of the season, which doesn’t give us much chance to do the kind of sessions that we want to do – we try to squeeze them between the games.

“But this trip gives us the chance to train on good pitches and with good facilities to work hard, and we’re trying to prepare hard for the last 15 games which we know are very important.

“We know we haven’t had the best of seasons but we know that we need to fight until the end to get as many points as possible. 

“We’re not happy, fans aren’t happy… no-one is happy.  We would like to do the best we can and get as many points as possible, so we don’t have to suffer towards the end.

“This is the moment to take energy in and take on a workload, which will benefit us later on.  We’re putting petrol in the tank and we’ll be ready to go again when we’re back in England.

“We have a tough Tuesday game away from home when we get back, and then we have a few tough fixtures where we need the points.  Regardless of who we’re playing, we need to go for the three points each game.”

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