FIFA U-17 World Cup: Paraguay’s secret to great run - practising at 2 AM
Paraguay, who entered the Round of 16 in the FIFA U-17 World Cup without losing a game, have devised a unique way of getting accustomed to the time difference by holding practice sessions at 2 AM as they prepare to take on USA.fifa u17 world cup 2017 Updated: Oct 15, 2017 19:58 IST
One of the biggest challenges players face While playing any international tournament is to get accustomed to the time difference. The footballers do not get enough time to get their bodies acclimatized to the new place and that hampers their training ahead of the competition.
However, Paraguay coach Gustavo Morinigo has resorted to a unique technique to counter that problem ahead of the FIFA U-17 World Cup clash against USA in New Delhi. Considering their dominant run in the tournament, it seems that the strategy has been extremely beneficial to the young footballers.
“There is an eight and a half hours time difference between India and Colombia. To counter that, we used to have practices at 2’o clock in the middle of the night. It helped the boys to get accustomed to the change and as a result, they had no issues when they arrived in India,” Morinigo said.
“We also needed to adapt to the eating timings that we will follow once we reach India and as a result, the entire team used to eat lunch at 7’o clock in the morning,” he added.
Paraguay have performed brilliantly in the FIFA U-17 World Cup till now with an unbeaten record in the group stages. They were placed in a tricky group with Turkey, Mali and New Zealand, but their offensive prowess was enough to hand them three consecutive victories. The Latin American team will now face USA in their pre-quarterfinal encounter in New Delhi on Monday.