Blues in Portugal - the hard graft continues

Kristian Pedersen and Odin Bailey in action
Kristian Pedersen and Odin Bailey in action

It wasn't too much fun in the sun for Blues players on their second day of full training in Portugal.

A demanding double session was the order of things, and there was certainly a competitive edge to the small-side and 11-a-side matches that were staged on the One Troia Jose Mourinho Training Centre.

First up, in the morning, Assistant Head Coach Paco Herrera took a group of Blues defenders to go through the kind of patterns and strategies the team will be employing this coming campaign.

At the same time First Team Coach James Beattie staged a series of finishing and movement drills for the attacking players.

Then it was into three teams of three for a full-on tournament on a reduced size pitch.

After gym on Blues return to their hotel and then lunch, the players had a siesta before it was back out on the grass for the afternoon activities.

Training was rounded-off with a practice match between the 'oldies' and 'young 'uns', which was a keenly-contested affair that was eventually settled, in extra-time, by an Odin Bailey goal.

A pool recovery session followed at the squad's well-appointed hotel at the tip of the Troia Peninsula.