A first training session for the Impact in Italy

“The weather is perfect to play and we couldn’t ask for more,” said Montreal Impact head coach Nick De Santis. “The team worked well this morning. Over the next few days, it will be a good mix of physical preparation and ball possession. Even if we are three months away from the beginning of the regular season, the team’s morale is very good, so it’s positive.”

For their first training session overseas, De Santis and his technical team opted for intensity.

“Today’s training was good since it helped us to get rid of the toxins accumulated during the trip,” said veteran midfielder Patrick Leduc. “We also have to overcome fatigue due to the six-hour time difference. This morning’s intensive physical effort will help us for the next training sessions.”

“After the usual warm-up, the coaching staff made us work hard with good physical drills, as well as ball possession,” explained defender Adam Braz, who is back to Montreal, after signing a two-year deal last Friday.

The training field in Fiuggi, located approximately two kilometres from the hotel, is surrounded by mountains.

“It’s very nice and the landscape is amazing,” added Leduc. “It’s great to train on natural grass at this time of the year, it’s actually quite unusual for us.”

“We are very well organized,” noted De Santis. “The field is in great condition, we are well-treated by the hotel staff and the food is excellent.”

The Impact will pursue its training camp with two sessions a day, before playing the first of three exhibition games this Thursday against Arezzo (Serie C – third division).



Source : Patrick Vallée, Montreal Impact