The conditions at practice today were perfect. Not too hot, not too humid and a gentle breeze blowing over the field that helped keep the temperatures down.
The weather conditions seemed to have a direct impact on the player’s mood, with the players joking around, smiling and just having a generally good time.
After the players warmed up a bit, they were split up into three teams. The teams are as followed:
The teams competed in a juggling drills where they all had to link arms in a circle and juggle the ball between them from one end of the field to the other before knocking into the top corners of the goal.
They then switched to a game of transition possession, having to complete ten passes without the opposing team getting a touch and knocking over to the other side of the field. Depending on who you ask, either the pink team or the grey team won (it was a hot topic of discussion).
Practice then shifted over to a full-sided scrimmage with two teams playing against each other. As they played, Curtin was coaching them on what they should expect from Portland and how they can counter it.
The day ended with shooting practice, first with a shot coming from near the top of the box which was then followed by crosses being played in from the wings.
Of particular note, both Chaco and Nogueira looked very good today, finishing almost all of their shots very clinically.