Rodwell enjoying pain game
- 18 July 2013 09:18
- Posted by @dclayton_mcfc
Jack Rodwell admits Manuel Pellegrini is working the City squad hard as the pre-season training camp continues in South Africa.
With a frustrating injury-plagued first season with the Blues now behind him, Rodwell is relishing the hard work and is just glad to be on the training pitch with his team-mates and the England midfielder is hoping to impress the new boss.
“The training is a little bit brutal,” smiled Rodwell.
It’s tiring but that’s what you expect in pre-season. This is my first one at City and with this manager as well but we’re all coping well.
“The most training sessions in a day we’ve previously done is two but they’ve were probably longer. We’re doing three at the moment but they are split up a little bit more. It equals itself out.
“Last season I didn’t do pre-season with City so I’m not too sure how different this year is from last. I can only judge from what I’ve seen so far and the manager makes us work hard, which is probably what we need.”
Rodwell is hoping there will be an improvement on the pitch against AmaZulu before the Blues jet off for Hong Kong to continue the pre-season tour.
He also believes it will take time to adapt to Pellegrini’s philosophy, but thinks City will benefit from a new style.
“It wasn’t a great result the other day but it was our first game and it was more about fitness,” he said. “It’s going to take time to get used to his style of play because he’s got a certain way he likes us to play.
“When his name started to be linked to City I looked into his past achievements a little bit more, but I knew about him. I watch as much football as I can and he’s done a great job at the clubs he’s been at, especially at Villarreal and taking Malaga to the Champions League. He’s done well.
“Tactically, he likes us to press high up and press in numbers, get the ball back as soon as possible and then play simple football, keep possession until we’re in the final third and then see what happens. It’s early and the boss hasn’t gone into too much detail. He’s just gradually drip-feeding us at the moment.”