The secrets of Eibar’s confinement

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Ruiz He is the physical trainer of Eibar and the man on whose shoulders the greatest weight is falling both during the confinement phase and in these first weeks of training. The coach from Gran Canaria intervened on Wednesday in a videoconference promoted by the Committee and the Coaches School of the Inter-Island Football Federation of Las Palmas and there he expressed his fear of injuries, while also relating the day-to-day with the team during these months.

For Ruiz, these months of confinement have been “very hard” and “have not been easy for the players” because “some could not go to their residences and there was fear”To a possible contagion. “It was said that the League was going to start, but the figures you saw were not to be optimistic. It has been a complicated situation, ”he revealed.

During that time, the player from Gran Canaria has been in constant contact with the footballers, especially the first days: “The club decided at first, with good intention so that the players were under the umbrella of the club’s doctors, to stay here”. What’s more, some even had to return since just before the confinement the technical staff had given them four days of celebration and not a few took advantage to go to their places of origin. “We made them come back and it was a mistake because most of their houses had space, they were spacious houses and here they are 80-meter flats. Here they live alone, they have to cook, without being able to go out. That is one of the mistakes we made, albeit with good intention, “he acknowledged.

No treadmills

With all the players back, “the first thing we did was offer them material. We send bicycles to everyone because, removing a few, most could not do a fairly good workout. We have seen houses and gyms but it is not normal, nor in the First Division. Putting treadmills in the club seemed excessive, but some bought them and we had eight players with treadmills“He commented before revealing that” some escaped to a garage if a neighbor did not tell them anything. “

Another problem that worried Ruiz in those days it was nutrition: “The players could return overweight because with the anxiety of this situation, the fastest is to get a cookie, chocolate or whatever and we thought that they would come bad, in a screwed up physical state after two months because this was not a vacation. So we made recommendations to them from our nutritionist, who was in almost daily contact with them. ”

We have had players who have lost relatives and you talked to them and you saw that there was a wear

But if anything particularly worried Ruiz was the psychological aspect: “AND
n the first weeks I tried to keep in touch with the players who lived alone because I understood that they had no one to talk to and 24 hours by yourself and without being able to leave is not easy“, he pointed. “I had weekly calls with the team psychologist to whom I would transmit my feelings and then he would have talks with those who I thought appropriate.”

The gunsmith preparer revealed that the situation has been complicated because “We have had players who have lost relatives and you talked to them and you saw that there was a wearHence the fear of returning. To that, in addition, we had to add “the economic reduction that was going to take place”.

We have had six cases of significant loss of muscle mass, two or three centimeters in quadriceps

Despite all these drawbacks, Ruiz He acknowledged that “it has been a surprise to see the state in which everyone has come. They have been very careful with the weight. ” What’s more, “in fat percentage, some who have had problems during the season have come in handy.”

However, it found that “we have had six cases of significant loss of muscle mass, two or three centimeters in quadriceps, and with them we have had special attention

Fear of injury

Now the problem is the injuries that Ruiz anticipates that there will be because “the competitive stress that we are going to have in this month and a half is going to be very strong, especially we who are in a difficult situation” To this we must add “the preseason that we have done without playing a 90-minute game … That means a large deficit to play games and also the games that are, from the last 11 days in which you play everything. That already has a stress component that will generate the possibility of injury

The competitive stress that we are going to have in this month and a half is going to be very strong, especially we who are in a difficult situation

Further, “72 hours is very short. There are accustomed teams, but most do not. We have a squad of twenty-five players and we are going to have to have everyone plugged in because we are going to have to move the team a lot. It is true that there are important players and they will be the ones to say whether or not they can play. ”

For Ruiz this situation “is not ideal. There are sports that do allow you to play even today and tomorrow, but soccer doesn’t. I am not going to say that it is an adulterated League, but it is going to be a very different League. Coming from where we come from, how we come from, how they have made us train and what we are going to play in 11 days… They are not the conditions to play ”.

I would like to have this situation going ninth and missing three points to save myself

The grancanario assumes that “the calendar is what it is and we are all the same, but I would like to have this situation going ninth and missing three points to save myself.”