Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Poyet Relieved at Break in Schedule

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Poyet Relieved at Break in Schedule

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GUSTAVO Poyet is looking forward to spending quality time on the training pitch for the first time in weeks, writes STUART RAYNER.

Poyet's Sunderland have played nine games in under a month.

It did them good, losing only one and reaching the League Cup semi-finals as they built much-needed positive momentum.

However, without another match until Saturday and at least one new player to integrate, the Uruguayan is grateful for a short break. Poyet said: "I don't want it this way. I'm pleased we've had it this year because it has been a good period for us, but I would like it to stop.

"It was incredible. You practically don't train.

"If you really want to coach and tell players to do things, you have to train. For us, it's been play, play, play, recover, play, recover, play. We haven't been training. You can give the players mental information, but you are not training them and improving things. For the coach, it is difficult.

"For the players, it is okay, because they always want to play rather than train, but for the coaches, it's tough.

"It's all about talking. You cannot really train and allow them to grow and develop. It's worked for us, so I am not complaining, but there are things you need to do in training because you cannot recreate them any other way. "There are different ways to train a player, but for the last two or three weeks we have only been able to do one. "We've been talking and talking, but we couldn't really train. Before the Fulha m game, the players basically spent two days resting. We needed to prepare for the game but we basically had just one morning. "It's about picking the right time and making sure the subs are ready to come and help you out. It's about team-work rather than the coach just coaching during the week." Marcos Alonso has been plunged into the back end of this chaotic run, although the Fiorentina left-back has not looked out of place in the team in contributing to wins over Manchester United and Fulham. …

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