Manuel Pellegrini mounted another 100 minute pass-and-move drill and technical work in Switzerland today (Wed).
Once again – as it had done on Monday – the session ended with an eleven-a-side match on a one-third size pitch.
The game started with the players being allowed just one touch each, before going ‘all-in’ and then restricted to two touches each.
That will allow the boss to see who is genuinely comfortable with his brand of football
And it could be that his list of those whom he believes he may be able to do without could in part be based on what he sees from the players in that area.
As they had done on Tuesday, the ‘non-bibs’ were the winning side with Aaron Cresswell opening the scoring via a spectacular free-kick before Dylan Tombides Award winner Conor Coventry doubled his team’s advantage with a smart finish.
At the other end, Adrian was showing real form making a couple of superb saves from Andy Carroll and a third from Arthur Masuaku.
Michail Antonio was involved before breaking off to do individual rehab fitness work as he continued his comeback from the hamstring injury he suffered in March.
Winston Reid missed the session as he was involved in his own individual rehab fitness work as he continues to recover from his knee injury
The players will train three times on both Thursday and Friday ahead of their opening pre-season fixture with Challenge League club FC Winterthur on Sunday afternoon.
Talking of pass and move, will we be passing or moving on Wilshere according to the press Pelle has spoken fact to face with him !!
Great! Again thank you for the details. Atleast we feel as if we were present at the grounds. Again I loved it and keep up the great work.