Argentine hot shot, Sergio Aguero talks training, speed and give you an insight on how Manchester City work to keep their star player fit.
How does training help your performance on the pitch?
In football, training is absolutely key to performance. Being able to run, switch directions and change speed whilst simultaneously controlling the ball and overseeing the whole pitch is extremely complex. You need to practice your tricks and shots again and again, to enable muscle memory and to help your body perform. In addition to this, you need to be physically strong and absolutely fit to be able to last 90 minutes, and sometimes even longer. Without constant and intense training, my performance on the pitch would be impossible.
What's a typical training session for you?
It depends on the day and the time in the year. During pre-season we train very differently to how we train towards the end of the season. In general, it is always a mixture of running and workouts in the gym for physical strength, and actual training with the ball on pitch. On the pitch, the training consists of shooting and passing exercises, game practice and tactical sessions.
How often do you train throughout the year?
During the season, we train almost every day. After a match day we often only have a light training session, with mostly running and stretching to relax the body. This is complemented by massages and sometimes a day off. But this is followed by days with 2-3 training sessions per day. I would say I train on 90 per cent of the days in a year.
Any specific training tips for getting faster?
When training for speed in football, the ball plays a huge role. You can be as fast as you want, but if you cannot control the ball at the same time, you are lost. I recommend to run with the ball, and also to train to change directions, so you will be able to outdo opponents with really quick moves.
Has training changed a lot for you in the past few years?
Yes, definitely. The training with the clubs constantly moves forward and coaches try out new things and training variations. The style of play of most professional football leagues has changed a lot. It has become much quicker, with a lot of pressing. Because of that, training routines have changed of course, too.
How do you fuel your body to train so hard?
I try to eat and drink healthily all year round, so I drink a lot of still water every single day, at least three litres. I love pasta, but I need to cut down on that as too many carbs conflict with my need for speed (laughs). Because of that I try to combine chicken or fish with vegetables and salad.
Sergio Aguero wears PUMA evoSPEED 1.4