Summer tour Micah day 7
- Fri 15 Jul 2011, 12:31AM
- Posted by Chris Bailey in Los Angeles
Timing issues meant that I didn’t get to Amir Khan’s training camp as I had hoped to but I plan to get there sometime before the fight.
I find boxers preparations fascinating. The whole psychological build up to the bout and the harnessing of that explosive energy is fascinating.
Talking of energy, the boss joined in with a training session and was on my side in a game. I have to say - and don’t take this the wrong way boss if you read this – but he ain’t the quickest anymore!
The skill is there for sure but not the legs. I am blaming him that we lost. I still haven’t been on the winning side all pre-season. Hopefully that will change in San Francisco when we play this weekend.
One player I have been impressed with so far – and most of the lads have – is young Denis Suarez.
He is only small and not overly muscly but he is technically gifted and has an eye for a pass. His English in non-existent but David Silva is looking after him and Yaya can speak Spanish so he is settling in well.
He is certainly starting to enjoy the craic and banter that exists and it is great that we have some really young players with us on the trip. We have a good blend of youth and experience and I am sure that the younger ones will benefit a lot from being with us.
The club has to keep producing its own talent and to bring new young blood into the squad. They will grow together and hopefully have their best days in City shirts.
Chairman Khaldoon dropped by again for the second time at training on Thursday but there was no Jerome Boateng who has gone back to Germany where we heard he might be moving to Bayern Munich.
That will make Chappy happy – not because he didn’t like Jerome because he did – but because there is one less set of kit to shift around.
People have no idea how much stuff travels with us to help us train. All sorts of equipment is brought over from Carrington and it lives in a massive truck. Even the kit itself has its own room in the hotel there is that much of it. It’s like an Aladdin’s Cave because we are never out of branded clothing during the day and have to change for each session. The washing bill is ginormous!
Anyway Chappy has been a bit less mad on this trip and that’s because he is so busy shifting things between two centres. No doubt he will burst into life at some stage. The lads all love him. He is an integral part of things at City and great for team spirit.
This is the last diary I will do with Bailey this trip as he is off home for a family holiday so I will be speaking to Dave Clayton from tomorrow. His questions are bound to be more interesting!!!
See you later