Throughout their week-long stay in Austria, the Red & Whites will be training at the foot of the impressive 32,000 seater stadium built for Euro 2008. Their first training session got under way at 6pm, with new head coach Leonardo Jardim opting to focus on technical work.
After a twenty-minute warm-up, the players split into two groups. One involved two-on-ones culminating in shots on goal, while the other saw the players practising overlapping runs and crosses.
The first training session in Klagenfurt ended with two teams playing a mini-game on ¾ of the pitch. After a good warm-down with plenty of stretching, the players boarded the bus back to the hotel, where most of them - especially Lucas Ocampos and Yannick Ferreira-Carrasco – were looking forward to watching the second half of the World Cup quarter-final between Argentina and Belgium...
Abdou Diallo: "This first session in Austria went well. We had a good work-out and stretched our legs after the journey, that was important. We spent some time on ballwork, which did us good. The facilities here are excellent, and the weather’s great. It’s ideal."
Andrea Raggi: "We started gently today after a hard week’s work in Monaco. Tomorrow, we’ll crank things up a level and work harder. Austria is a perfect place to train."