US Tour: Micah Richards' diary day two
- Tue 13 Jul 2010, 6:58PM
- Posted by Chris Bailey in Portland
Jet lag is still a bit of a problem (up at 4am) but it was down to work with a bang on day two.
We did running in the first session in the morning. Split into groups some players did 400metre and 800metre runs and repetitions and others did shorter stuff.
Those two just love running. Bellers carries precious little in the way of body weight and Manu just loves it. He never stops smiling even when the rest of us can hardly catch our breath.
Nedum Onuoha was in our group too, just in case you thought it was me and the oldies!!
We did lots of twisting and turning work and sprints too and once that was over it was back in the coach to the hotel a lunch of fish, chicken or pasta and then a quick sleep before the second session.
In the evening the training was more ball work with David Platt and Fausto, we did some team play and shape and technical stuff and finished with a game.
The gaffer joins in mainly with the tactical stuff; he gets onto the pitch and gets his message across. That’s what he is really good at and the lads really enjoy the fact that he gets involved.
We didn’t get back to the hotel until around 8pm after leaving at 4.45pm so it was more chicken, pasta and Salmon before bed – the food is spot on.
Then it was off to bed but not before the lads got together to organise our own version of the X-Factor which will take place later in the week.
All the new lads on tour – which essentially means the young lads who have come up through the Youth team and Adam Johnson who has not been on tour before – have to sing a song in front of the judges (backroom staff) and the lads.