Head Coach pleased with group work ethic
TONY Pulis is delighted with the ‘first class’ attitude his players are displaying in the Austrian Alps.
Pulis sees this first pre-season trip as the chance to lay the “building blocks” to a fitness level that can add to his team’s competitiveness in the forthcoming Barclays Premier League campaign.
Albion fans have been following the squad’s progress – and can continue to do so - through our social media channels over the weekend and there is no doubt the pace is gruelling.
The group are awoken by 5:30am alarm calls before going on to complete three tough training sessions each day.
But Pulis sees pre-season as a great opportunity to work his players as hard as possible in the quest for peak physical condition in time for the start of Albion’s sixth consecutive Premier League campaign.
And the Baggies boss is particularly delighted to see the players buying into his pre-season philosophy.
“Their attitude has been absolutely first class,” said Pulis.
“They have been fantastic and have really bought into what we are trying to do even though it is extremely tough.
“I think that they have found out through other people that I work them hard in pre-season.
“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.
“They understand that this is an important time to get a base level of fitness.
“There is no better way to get fit than playing games and that’s where match fitness comes from, but you have to have a base level of fitness to get into it.”
The Head Coach added: “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.
“This first week is part of the building blocks that you put in place.”