Football is as much about mental strength as it is fitness and technique.
Whether you’re heading in to your next game off the back of a defeat or on a really good run, it’s important to prepare for the psychological demands of 90 minutes.
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Being positive and visualising success are effective methods, according to Norwich City defender Sebastien Bassong.
“On my way to the ground I’ll start thinking about who I’m going to play against and just trying to bring good vibes with me,” said the Cameroon international.
“I’m not really nervous because I’ve been playing for a little while now. I’m more excited because I love my job.”
See if Sebastien’s approach can help you find a winning mindset.
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