West Bromwich Albion manager Tony Pulis has explained on the club’s official website why he’s been throwing a number of difficult challenges at his players.
The Baggies are training in Austria ahead of pre-season and the return of the Premier League action and Pulis has offered an insight into why he’s running his players into the ground before the competitive action has even got underway.
“It is pretty hot and humid out here in Austria and we are above sea level so there are different things to cope with, not just the early wake-up calls or the three sessions,” he told wba.co.uk.
“This week is all about building blocks, the journey has started here in Austria.”
“The most important thing is to be prepared for the first game of the season against Manchester City which is going to be a really tough game.”
Is there a danger in an aggressive pre-season approach?
There is always a danger with overworking players in pre-season because they are more vulnerable to picking up injuries.
However, Pulis will stress that it’s a short spell in Austria and not a prolonged schedule, which exposes West Brom’s players to extra levels of intensity as they get ready for the new season.
Pulis will be happy with the balance as things stand and is experienced enough to know when he and the coaches at the club need to take their foot off of the gas.
Theory in the approach
The theory in an aggressive pre-season trip to Austria will be to get the players to a decent state of fitness.
If the Baggies can do the hard work early, they can focus on other areas as the competitive games get a little closer.