Davide Ancelotti has given an insight into how training looks under new COVID-19 restrictions as the players and coaching staff returned to USM Finch Farm this week. One half of Everton’s Assistant management team, along with Duncan Ferguson, explained what training actually looks like to evertonfc.com
“We have three different training areas, each manned by a group of staff, for the players to work through.”
“The first is in the indoor pitch, where the players go directly from the car park for the first part of training, which focuses on strength and injury prevention.
“Then they go to an Academy pitch to do physical drills with the fitness coaches: runs and other cardiovascular exercises.
“The final part of their training is on the first-team pitch with the manager, Duncan and I.
“That work is more position-specific. We divided the players into positions and each group has its own drills.
“The first and second groups include two central defenders and two full-backs.
“Group number three is the central midfielders, the wingers are in the fourth group and group five is our strikers.
“The first group starts at 9am, the last group leaves Finch Farm at 1pm.
“Players following rehabilitation programmes arrive at 11am.
“Every player has his own recovery shake to take home after training.
“Physically it is tough for coaches.
“We [Davide and Carlo Ancelotti and Ferguson] are on the pitch for five sessions of 30 minutes each.
“It is not easy with only four players to do something tactically but we try to do as much as possible and always work on our football principles.”
Davide Ancelotti also explained that complexities of setting up training with father Carlo and Ferguson through Zoom meetings so they are ready for when the players arrive.
“We plan the session on video calls the day before and decide the materials we will need for each of the three areas.”
“I also speak with Duncan and my father on the pitch about what we need for the following day.
“With the goalkeeper coach, for example, I had a video call on Wednesday afternoon to tell him the kind of training we would do on Thursday.
“We tell the kit men our plans and they put out everything for when we arrive – every item we use is cleaned every day.
“The rule is you have to be there 15 minutes before starting, so I arrive at 8.45am and we have time to prepare the third pitch for the first group of players.
“We leave straight after the final session and every three days, you step in the car and before you go home pass through the COVID-19 test.
“It is challenging for a coach to do training like this on the pitch.
“It stimulates the creativity of the coach to find something different every day.”