It will be a quiet weekend for Reading supporters this time around as, heading into the international break, seven Royals will be away on duty with their respective sides – manager José Gomes will be planning ahead in anticipation for the return to club action.
After the game against Stoke last weekend, those players who didn’t travel away on duty faced a two-week break before return to league football, time that will be spent focussing on the close of the season, starting with Preston in just over a week's time.
“With the players that stay, because I have a lot of players that will go with their national teams, we have time to prepare. Let them rest, and to be ready for the game that we have at the end of the month," Gomes said.
“We need to recover now. I give them the weekend to recover, to stay with their family, after that we start Monday again to prepare for the matches ahead. Everyone needs to rest at least a couple of days.“
Speaking on behalf of himself, Gomes says that over the course of the international break, his mind will be fully focussed on the team and the job at hand, constantly finding better ways to improve performances.
“Us managers, our minds never stop to think about the problems. If the players, even the top players, when they finish the game or training, when they finish they can really rest.
"The manager, we never stop. We are always thinking and thinking, which solutions we can find to help perform well.”
Tickets are on sale now for when the Royals return to league action on March 30th, hosting Preston North End at Madejski Stadium – Click the link below for ticket information.