Watford’s fitness coach Victor Cervera says he wants to be sure that the Hornets are physically ready to give it their all once the Premier League returns on June 17. This year’s season was postponed due to coronavirus, with the players only returning to full-contact training around a week ago.
“I’ve seen the situation in the Bundesliga and it is expected when you have low time to prepare the players for high-intensity matches,” Cervera said. “The perfect scenario is you have no spike in injuries, so we are trying to make our programme as detailed and progressive as we can to push the players to be ready for the first match and also the following games.”
“We expect the players to be fully ready for the first match. We are not far away, and we are now trying our best to push the players in a proper way without building a chronic lead. It needs to be a consistent and planned progression,” he continued.
Once the season starts, the Hornets will have a busy schedule, so it is crucial that they are physically up to the challenge. Aside from gruelling training, players are trying to stay in top form by keeping on top of their nutritional needs. Ever since the anti-doping agency gave FIFA players the green light to incorporate CBD supplements into their sports regimen in 2018, many athletes have been using the substance to stay in tip-top shape, as well as taking CBD for muscle pain and pain relief.
Cervera said that the lockdown has not affected the general fitness level of Watford’s players, adding that they are ready for their first game against Champions League hopefuls Leicester City on June 20.
“The players are very good,” he said. “Most have completed 100 percent of the sessions we have done since we came back and even the double sessions, which have been designed to spread the load. They are responding really well, and we are at a good point. They have done well and some of the fitness test results have been of a very high level, which is quite good in my opinion after the break,” he said.
“The big test of their fitness will be when we see the real response from when the games start, but we are working hard towards getting them into the best possible condition and level.”