The Liverpool Echo report that Roberto Martinez is determined to avoid last season's lethargic start that, in his view, crippled the campaign before it had ever got going by implementing a "60-session" training plan that will begin on 6th July.
Free from the distractions of a major international tournament, the manager is looking to have his players in peak condition by the start of the new season.
"I think coming back from the World Cup affected us defensively because we became a little bit loose," Martinez told the independent fan sites a couple of weeks ago. "There were many things that affected our first half of the season in the [Premier] League. Once we turned the year, our intent in the League was fantastic.
"I think by that point, most of the players had got over their hangover from the World Cup."
The first pre-season fixture of the summer is scheduled for 11th July before the squad jets out to Singapore for the Asia Trophy a few days later.
The Blues will finish up with pre-season friendlies in Scotland before spending the last fortnight back at Finch Farm fine-tuning their preparations, with the traditional home friendly likely a week before the 2015-16 season kicks off 8th August.
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1 Posted 03/06/2015 at 18:02:31
2 Posted 03/06/2015 at 18:16:10
Saving up for CleverleyÂs wages!
3 Posted 03/06/2015 at 18:16:48
4 Posted 03/06/2015 at 18:17:36
It would be nice if Lukaku comes back a stone lighter too, he looked like he was carrying a bag of cement last season.
6 Posted 03/06/2015 at 18:26:09
So I donÂt buy that excuse. Other teams dealt with it well, why couldnÂt we?
He has to start next season well because if he doesnÂt heÂll be under massive pressure.
8 Posted 03/06/2015 at 18:31:32
Have the fixtures been announced for Scotland?
10 Posted 03/06/2015 at 18:40:21
Time for the Bill and Roberto act to be binned. Someone hail a TAXI!
We need new direction, from a new board and a Manager who has ideas, more than just plan A.
12 Posted 03/06/2015 at 18:46:44
The team got criticised at the start of last season for being under cooked so they announce a new strategy for next season to involve more hours and they still get slaughtered.
Would you all have preferred it if they had announced that they were doing exactly as last year. If they had announced that, they would have been castigated even more.
The venue as to where the training takes place is irrelevant, itÂs about the hours that need to be put in which is what theyÂre rectifying.
13 Posted 03/06/2015 at 19:09:04
14 Posted 03/06/2015 at 19:07:57
This negativity which "beggars belief" were the "new Stratedgy" is being "slaughtered" . . .Where is it Mate ?
IÂve read all the post and I don't see it , , ,is it in some sort of code ?
15 Posted 03/06/2015 at 19:19:55
16 Posted 03/06/2015 at 19:34:10
17 Posted 03/06/2015 at 19:41:48
18 Posted 03/06/2015 at 19:53:07
Bit like the comment "Atsu will be really important to us in the new year" Â— so much so that he didnÂt contribute anything.
This guy doesnÂt check with his brain before making inane comments.
19 Posted 03/06/2015 at 19:58:58
20 Posted 03/06/2015 at 20:05:04
Then when we had a chance to make the final 8 he bottled it by going full out attack just like last year when we got on top of Arsenal for the 4th position and he went all attack against Crystal Palace. The spots on the leopard never change. Anymore than staying up is all the board cares about.
21 Posted 03/06/2015 at 20:14:41
I guess Martinez looking and learning from last season isnÂt comment worthy, so just keep sticking the boot in on unrelated subjects?
22 Posted 03/06/2015 at 20:10:34
No matter how much you wish, heÂs never going to come out and say he got it wrong Â– you just need to read between the lines.
Anyone know where/when weÂre playing in Scotland?
23 Posted 03/06/2015 at 20:20:03
24 Posted 03/06/2015 at 20:23:02
25 Posted 03/06/2015 at 20:22:38
Get ready for Tranmere, Motherwell, Hibernian and some Spanish team who are already playing in UK as part of their pre-season tour. Remember Celta Vigo played us on the night after they had played Preston.
Once again, insufficient planning by Bobbie.
26 Posted 03/06/2015 at 20:24:20
27 Posted 03/06/2015 at 20:32:22
Steavey, Jags isnÂt 34.
28 Posted 03/06/2015 at 20:26:23
Quite a lot of us are prepared to give him a chance next season but he will have to prove that he has learned from his mistakes and at the very least I want to watch some attractive attacking football.
29 Posted 03/06/2015 at 20:36:26
30 Posted 03/06/2015 at 20:43:00
I well remember his "weÂll be firing on all cylinders by February" comment.
I hope he hits the ground running alright. Running to another club...
31 Posted 03/06/2015 at 20:50:48
32 Posted 03/06/2015 at 20:46:23
However, I am also glad that he has recognised the need to actually be fit and ready for the start of the season. As has been mentioned earlier, the proof will be in the pudding but at least its a start.
33 Posted 03/06/2015 at 21:07:57
34 Posted 03/06/2015 at 21:16:50
Funny that. Because I canÂt remember it. Unbelievable.
35 Posted 03/06/2015 at 21:30:07
WhoÂd have thought it eh! A team actually fit enough to play the game.
The mind-fucking boggles at his forward thinking...
36 Posted 03/06/2015 at 21:35:13
37 Posted 03/06/2015 at 21:40:03
38 Posted 03/06/2015 at 21:47:55
39 Posted 03/06/2015 at 21:47:52
From Jan 1st to March 31st we won 3 league games.
40 Posted 03/06/2015 at 21:45:47
Does anyone actually understand what this statement means? Another Martinezballs nonsense statement as far as I can tell. Seriously, ask yourself do you really know what this means?
Next time you are challenged by your boss at work, just tell him/her that your intent has been fantastic. ItÂs bollocks, but you never know, the boss might just buy it.
41 Posted 03/06/2015 at 21:49:41
42 Posted 03/06/2015 at 22:01:02
43 Posted 03/06/2015 at 22:35:05
44 Posted 03/06/2015 at 22:44:51
HeÂs been here for two seasons now, during which I cannot recall him acknowledging that anything is his fault. A character flaw, in my view, but there it is. HeÂs flat not going to.
So, "a 60-session training plan" is it? HeÂs not going anywhere. So, I have to think (ie, "Hope") that the lightbulbÂs gone on over his head. LetÂs see if it works.
45 Posted 03/06/2015 at 22:56:28
46 Posted 03/06/2015 at 22:40:16
We very nearly did hit the ground running last year, if it hadnÂt been for the final 10 minutes against Arsenal things may have been very different.
IÂm willing to give Bobby the benefit of the doubt for the opening 10 fixtures, but things have clearly got to change, more so tactically than in terms of personnel.
We still have a core group of players capable of genuinely being phenomenal on their day. RM needs to find the right formula to make it happen soon or weÂre in danger of Bill getting on the phone to Fat Sam, and nobody wants that to happen surely?!
47 Posted 03/06/2015 at 23:11:22
The problem we have is the longer he is allowed to stay, the bigger the rebuilding job for the new man and Bill will pull his usual "I wish we had more money" act.
I would love to get egg on my face next season and see the club do well but I honestly do not have any confidence in this fella.
What is a "60-session training plan" anyway?
49 Posted 04/06/2015 at 00:04:20
Player? So much for keeping our most important performers, looks like our squad is going to be severely depleted by the end of the summer...
Haha. Seriously though, good to see heÂs identified the problem we all know there was with our last pre-season. LetÂs just hope thatÂs not the only mistake heÂs learned from.
50 Posted 04/06/2015 at 00:10:47
BTW Barry and Paul are also known as the Chuckle Brothers and their catchphrases included "To me, to you" and "Oh dear, oh dear".
51 Posted 03/06/2015 at 23:35:24
People saying we have a wonderful squad and if we donÂt collect so many points from so many games then the manager is out. Jeeps. Where is this squad which should be winning this, that and the other? From where IÂm standing itÂs very unbalanced and severely deficient in several areas.
Old players on their way out and youngsters not up to Premier League standard. Question marks over Howard, Barry too slow, CBs vunerable to high balls, Lukaku and Naismith not scoring goals and keep losing possession, Mirallis playing Prima Donnas and Barkley failing to progress. WhereÂs this great squad? I canÂt see it. Jose Mourinho would struggle to succeed with that lot.
53 Posted 04/06/2015 at 02:22:22
55 Posted 04/06/2015 at 04:33:01
There wouldnÂt be this obvious squad unrest and disharmony. They wouldn't dare do it under Mourhino. Do you hear Hazard making any noises to the Belgian press.
This fella has no control nor direction just wishful thinking and empty statements. He has turned a top 4 defense into relegation standard, made our attacking ability totally sterile and destroyed the team spirit and harmony that Moyes built up.
John Terry is 36 and Drogba 37+ FFS. It is the manager's ability to motivate and direct that makes a difference despite a players age.
56 Posted 04/06/2015 at 05:28:04
An avid reader of ToffeeWeb, but less so a commentor... But, these comments I keep reading are ridiculous, and not from the TWers, but Martinez.
Purely on his comments in this article, and only his actual quotes, none of the other stuff that orientates or directs us towards our opinions, just his quotes.
"I think coming back from the World Cup affected us defensively because we became a little bit loose" Â— Speaking of loose, Martinez, this comment is about as loose as it comes. What do you mean exactly? Do you mean porous, leaking goals, unable to defend set pieces? Please enlighten us, why would a return from a World Cup do all of this to Everton, and not say, Arsenal?
"There were many things that affected our first half of the season in the [Premier] League. Once we turned the year, our intent in the League was fantastic." Â— What were these things? Most people here seem to think itÂs due to a poor pre-season, you swanning about at the World Cup, poor coaching, etc etc etc. I tend to agree.
Also, at the turn of the year, "the intent was fantastic" you say. Are you saying our "intent" for the first half was not there? Not results, but intent. If itÂs just results, we know how bad they were... they continued well into March (in fact our wins at the turn of the year to the end of March equated to three). Nothing seemed to change in results, or intent Â– apart from a player leaving, and some unrest in your camp.
"I think by that point, most of the players had got over their hangover from the World Cup." Â— Oh, shut up! I cannot even be bothered to follow up on that one.
57 Posted 04/06/2015 at 06:38:16
58 Posted 04/06/2015 at 06:51:04
Whilst not denying there were large swathes of the season where we were in total disarray at the back, when were these boys ever "a top 4 defence"? They never have been and never will be, certainly not as a combined unit.
"John Terry is 36 and Drogba 37+ FFS.
It is the managers ability to motivate and direct that makes a difference despite a players age."
The comparion between those two and EvertonÂs elder statesman isnÂt apt at all. Terry and Drogba have been perennial winners throughout their time in the Premier League and have proved it time and time again. No matter what faults you may try to find in their game, they could never be criticised for lack of drive, determination and desire to win at all costs and by whatever means necessary. That sure as shit canÂt be said about the likes of Howard, Distin, Osman. TheyÂve always fallen short and accepted glorious failure too readily, no matter what stage of their career and irrespective of their sprightly youth or seniority in the squad.
As for Mourinho getting Everton top 4? Perhaps he could, but it sure as shit wouldnÂt be with these current players. First thing heÂd do, after a short period of time to assess this squad, would be to fucking gut it and get rid of at least half of them.
60 Posted 04/06/2015 at 07:39:21
Not sure if you all have forgotten Moyes, but I sure like a manager that wants to learn from his mistakes and keeps on trying to evolve (not Moyes). I donÂt know, however, if it will be enough or if it’s just big words.
62 Posted 04/06/2015 at 07:53:57
63 Posted 04/06/2015 at 07:59:24
Just taking into account Premier League games from start of season to end of November, they played 13. Won 5 drew 5 and lost 3. So 20 points from nearly a third of the games.
Arsenal fans probably thought that was poor. I think many draws were against so-called lesser teams.
I assume whether that is a good points total for Everton after a third of the season would depend on perspective and whether itÂs all about grinding out points (eg, Chelsea in the second half of the season) or do we want to see entertaining football, win or bust (like KeeganÂs team, Score more than opposition).
It may be that, in our current position, taking most of the things at the club into account, the way it appears to be run etc, (and I am not for one moment advocating we all settle for average performances throughout the club, including management, board, commercial side) we as fans may have to re-consider what we would like in the short-term and slightly lower our expectations. And then hope for a better outcome on the not too distant future.
I get the impression that Martinez's style of play in the first season totally surprised many of us. Second season was far too cautious. So do we advocate watching win or bust football and not much care for draws.
Win 7 lose 6 out of 13 games gives you 21 points. Over a season that gives you about 60 points.
As long as we go down fighting in the games we lose, it could be fun to watch. But I guarantee there would be some tears watching us play.
64 Posted 04/06/2015 at 08:52:00
65 Posted 04/06/2015 at 09:04:07
The same folks who also hated Moyes for his defensive counter attack play now hate Martinez for his possession play. My personal favourite comment today is Âhe bottled it by going all out attackÂ Â– genius! All we need now is Tony Marsh!
Roll on a summer of unambitious/not good enough/big time Charlie/some other problem transfers and a campaign of Robbie out from the first dropped point.
Nil satis nisi optimum!!!
70 Posted 04/06/2015 at 12:06:41
What do you mean Âthen what would he doÂ, Ian? Was I supposed to outline an entire imaginary reign for the man?
Ok. I suggest that the ÂI dream of JeanieÂ version of Jose would probably bring in players of his own choosing, with the capacity to to least consider actually achieving something as being within the realms of possibility. Players who he believed wouldnÂt surrender meekly and whose idea of a fighting response isnÂt basically to front up to some reporter from Everton TV and promise to make amends in the next game...Âfor the fans!Â,
Wait! WhatÂs that you say? "..But he wouldnÂt have any money, dickÂead". Really? Well he wouldnÂt fucking be here in the first place then, would he?
However, letÂs just roll with it....say he was feeling paticularly generous and game for a right good laugh, and agreed to get into bed with ÂTitan of the boardwalksÂ Bill and make do with a more miniscule budget than heÂs used to.
Maybe a manager who has been around as long as Jose has, has heard hushed whispers of something called... Âplayer tradingÂ?
He obviously doesnÂt rate Lukaku, so he wouldnÂt be long for this brave new world. 㿅-㿊m there, if heÂs lucky.
Maybe Barkley would be out the door for a lack of work ethic? 㿀m plus of your imaginary pounds right there.
Oh, what about the keeper? I canÂt see him trusting Howard as his last line of defence, what with him having floppier hands than that fucker who got melted by toxic waste in Robocop and looking like a younger version of ÂBlueÂ from Old School whenever he bends down to pick the ball out of the net. So heÂd be going bye, bye, to some MLS outfit for a couple of mill.
Maybe heÂd put Kone through a mincer and flog the pieces to whichever wanker comes up with new Pot Noodle flavours? They could come up with new packaging and everything....a pot shaped like a cone and made out of cheap imitation plaster cast so all the contents seep through when wet and whoever was daft enough to buy it can exclaim "what a waste of fucking money that was". All the proceeds could go towards a new ground and, just to show weÂre not ungrateful for his sacrifice, we could do a play on his name and call it ÂThe Piss Pot ArounaÂ.
How the hell am I supposed to know and why would I spend more than 60 seconds even thinking about it?
71 Posted 04/06/2015 at 12:23:12
Poor preparation last year is surely down to RM, his role in media in particular. Exactly how many players did we end up with from his summer excursion? One, in Besic. Last summer transfer activity was lazy at best, signed players who were on loan and failed to strengthen in areas that needed it, all the while going into European Competition to boot.
I posted many years ago about the lack of quality in our friendlies and got shot down by MK in the first comment as we were playing Athletico Madrid (if memory serves me right). This for me still holds pure as the better the opposition the better the preparation. I fail to see how playing at a 50% capacity against a lesser team helps, when playing the likes of Real Madrid and Juventus has the players at their max.
The tournament we're involved in is piss poor, our likely opposition being fellow Premier League teams. I appreciate the US tournament in 2013 was an invitational but itÂs these kind of things we need to be in at the very least to raise our profile and play better sides. I appreciate it was never going to be frequent event as weÂre probably deemed unfashionable and a small club, if not by third parties but by certainly in the mentality of those running the club and in particular the so-called commercial team.
Every year we seem to screw up one way or another pre-season. I donÂt put that solely at RMÂs door but at the club in general.
72 Posted 04/06/2015 at 12:59:18
IÂve said all the way through this difficult second season that what Martinez needs to do is learn from the mistakes. HeÂs unusual in that when he talks, the things he says seems to suggest that he hasnÂt learnt at all, but there is a growing list of things that he is actually doing differently that suggest he may yet get things right.
I also agree that the pre-season fixtures themselves are important. I want our players to go out on August 8th having been involved in high profile matches against the worldÂs (other) biggest clubs. I think this is not only better footballing preparation, in terms of having high standards, but it also boosts them psychologically, and gives them a sense that they belong at that level.
Perhaps a new rule might be to ignore what Martinez says and look at what he actually does. The different pre-season, no Europe and, just maybe, a realisation that he needs to get results first and win the pass count second, lead me to believe that we still have a chance of having a third season more like the first one than the second.
73 Posted 04/06/2015 at 13:12:29
74 Posted 04/06/2015 at 13:27:50
75 Posted 04/06/2015 at 13:44:49
76 Posted 04/06/2015 at 13:42:56
Think your treatment of Kone seems a bit harsh :)
Apart from that, canÂt find fault with your reply.
77 Posted 04/06/2015 at 13:53:01
78 Posted 04/06/2015 at 14:11:03
79 Posted 04/06/2015 at 13:48:29
"Wendell - IÂd like full and docile co-operation on every topic."
That would be interesting to listen to.
IÂd see Rogers buckling long before Roberto.
80 Posted 04/06/2015 at 11:23:20
The Premier League has altered drastically within the last two years and we are now facing teams which have strengthened enormously.
As for the back four. When Moyes was here we had a cracking defence with Distin and Jags working well together, Pienaar helping Baines and Fellaini in midfield. Sadly those days have gone and hopefully things will improve. Martinez says he has learnt a lot and was forced to change his methods. We can only hope there are brighter times ahead.
81 Posted 04/06/2015 at 16:37:03
Sadly, these days, a Manager like Mourinho wouldnt touch a club like Everton if excessive money for buying new players isnt there.
It would be more of a challenge and probably more satisfying but if they failed.....
83 Posted 04/06/2015 at 17:45:58
84 Posted 04/06/2015 at 18:16:14
As far as other top managers go, how would they cope without their double squads of international players? They panic now when a top player gets injured. A manager has to get the right player to suit the team, get the best from a not as gifted individual get extra from a veteran and blood the youngsters too.
I think there is only a few coaches with this ability, Laudrup, Bilic and Hughes spring to mind. If we had mega bucks... different story. Just not a guy that is blinkered for Â¾ of the season.
85 Posted 04/06/2015 at 18:13:34
I would like to see us actually win some pre-season games rather than get turned over by the likes of Paderborn. Losing is a dreadful habit in any sport and you never take the field with the intention of losing.
One other point I would like to make is that we have lots of talent at the club already. If the answer is the transfer market then we are not going to improve considerably with the likes of Scott Dann and Cleverley, good pros that they are.
Howard, Coleman, Baines, Jagielka, Stones, Besic, Barry, McCarthy, Barkley, Lukaku, Naismith, Mirallas, Osman, Pienaar and Oviedo are all top pros and Martinez needs to get some togetherness and some consistency of performance out of them.
Last season was in my humble opinion, the worst Premier League ever. It is there for the taking. Liverpool, Man Utd, Newcastle Utd, Aston Villa all pants Â– only Chelsea and Arsenal anywhere near previous seasons.
Martinez has until December in my book to show substantial progress or he should go. DonÂt get me started on the board, they have done nothing.
87 Posted 04/06/2015 at 19:29:40
Being positive, I am hoping for the best.
88 Posted 04/06/2015 at 20:03:29
You donÂt mention Gibson, a potential lynchpin of midfield if fit, so I can only assume youÂve written him off? I wish it were otherwise, as he has much to offer, most notably an eye for a forward pass.
Surely, the answer lies in turning to our youth to see if they make the grade? The likes of Browning, Galloway, Garbutt, Ledson and now Henen should either be given their chance selectively with some game time, or be sent out on loan to gain experience, or sold.
This Under-21 set up is not really serving itÂs purpose. As other contributors have mentioned, sadly, we can no longer compete for the very best players , and we are swimming in the same pond as the likes of Stoke, Newcastle and West Brom for the players we can afford.
89 Posted 04/06/2015 at 20:42:30
Is it not possible that a top coach who has won loads of stuff might not buy into the idea of reviving a giant and taking on the task of winning rather than buying success. If Mourinho won the league with Everton it would eclipse any challenge he has faced.
I accept that we are limited in buying players but I cannot accept that Roberto Martinez is the best coach our money can buy.
90 Posted 04/06/2015 at 20:42:11
Moyes left a hardcore of serious professionals some recruited for a song. I think IÂm right in saying Moyes recruited Stones! Martinez needs to improve his recruitment. I like Cleverley, he would be a good start at the right age.
Your point about age is well made. Osman is brilliant for half an hour against teams that park the bus or when you want to keep the ball. Pienaar, well, I for one would love to see him come back to form, he can be poetry in motion.
The goalkeeping is a concern, Howard showed clear signs of deteriorating last season but when he plays well the team does well and he deserves some loyalty (I didnÂt feel that after Leicester or Crystal Palace mind). I have renewed my season ticket and I travel from Grimsby to see the games, itÂs a long way to watch the boring tripe I watched last season but I do believe we can have a right good season with a good start. COYB.
91 Posted 04/06/2015 at 21:22:58
Just to add that I agree with your comment on Tim Howard, heÂs a good pro who (largely deserved) I think has responded well to criticism but, when he is on his game, he is still one of the best around. I feel that he has also been failed by defensive ineptitude last season.
92 Posted 04/06/2015 at 23:43:31
But so do a lot of people on here. What does Âthe proof is in the pudding meanÂ?
ItÂs as stupid as El Bob
The proof of the pudding is in the Eating makes sense
We get the manager we deserve...
93 Posted 05/06/2015 at 01:42:04
I think Martinez was a lazy appointment on recommendation from (BillÂs pal?) Dave Whelan.
BK hasnÂt got the time or the inclination to run EFC Â– he just basks in the fact he is chairman and comes North to watch the games every couple of weeks.
94 Posted 05/06/2015 at 04:43:07
95 Posted 05/06/2015 at 08:40:19
96 Posted 05/06/2015 at 10:39:16
We do not have the resources of the top 4-5 clubs financially and we have to find a way to blend youth and development with opportunistic buys and one or two older experienced heads.
We are starting to see the youthful future coming through and this season ahead will be a big bounce. Those that have insight can see the green shoots of a very good passing team which does not come overnight.
Next season, we will see a big bounce back and a strong pre-season. The banal clichÃ© ridden negativity needs to be ignored for the green shots of something special. Howard Kendall was in the ditch with a lot worse squad situation but he focused on green shoots and it came good... something similar would be nice!
98 Posted 05/06/2015 at 15:36:43
99 Posted 05/06/2015 at 15:51:47
But all the talk, the managers, his critics and his admirers counts for nothing when the ball starts rolling come August.
This time round Id be hoping to hear less from the manager, win or lose. Just leave us to judge him and his team on the figure in the ultimate right-hand column. Sall that really matters, eh ?
100 Posted 05/06/2015 at 16:20:56
101 Posted 05/06/2015 at 16:20:34
I admire your optimism and support for the manager but the reason for so much negativity is we do not see green shoots. We see long grass dying.
As regards the youth players coming through, one of our top young players is about to leave (Garbutt) and Barkley has gone backwards under this manager.
As regards passing. If you count passing backwards and forwards along the back 4 ad infinitum as progress, then Yes, you are right.
Is this the kind of football Evertonians want to see? Obviously not from the reaction of the majority of posters.
Every successful side is well balanced with a sprinkling of world class players. Where do you see that in a Martinez side?
103 Posted 05/06/2015 at 16:41:43
I have done nothing but be negative all season...but I have to take exception to your post(s). ÂOne of our top youth playersÂ Luke Garbutt. I cant take it anymore! Is he better than Baines? Is he better than Oviedo...who, also a youngster, given the opportunity of first team football did far more than Garbutt has done.
104 Posted 06/06/2015 at 16:14:21
At least our guy blamed his failings on the World Cup when so many on here thought HIS staff were found very much wanting on last yearÂs poor pre-season preparation!
105 Posted 06/06/2015 at 20:51:58
My point was in respect of Steven posting that we should be optimistic because RM had a lot of young players coming through.
I agree with you about Bainesy; not so sure about Oviedo because of his injury record and I also happen to think we could play Garbutt and Baines in the same team given our left sided problems last season.
106 Posted 06/06/2015 at 22:58:10
At least our manager has reflected on last season. No World Cup, no Europa League... and no excuses!
107 Posted 07/06/2015 at 11:36:32
Martinez has always stated when he first arrived that full out fitness wasnÂt important as it wasnÂt realistic as you were not running with the ball. Moyes didn't have them touch a ball for half the pre-season as he felt fitness was the key whereas Martinez cut back the fitness and concentrated on ball skills more. Much to our detriment the season just past.
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