All external influences need to be blocked out. Full attention must be paid to the team’s game plan and the opponent.
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They key to maintaining focus is routine. But no matter what level you play this can be difficult to sustain over the course of a long, hard season.
Our bodies are not always up for trudging around a boggy pitch in the cold, wind and rain. Sometimes we’d just prefer to sink in to our beds, with a cup of tea and Sky Sports News on the box.
What do the pro’s do before a game? How do they get up for every contest? Norwich City defender Sebastien Bassong enlightens FFT so you can bring a slice of Premier League to your pre-match routine (and drag your backside out of bed).
Sebastien Bassong: How to find your flow
Sebastien Bassong: Rise to the big occasion
Rooney: Big match preparation
Theo Walcott: Big match preparation
Pele: Big match preparation
Meditate like Messi
Clint Dempsey: mental preparation
Carlton Cole's mind gym
Carl Jenkinson: Get in the zone
Gus Poyet: Mental preparation