Norwich City’s players are reaping the benefits of their demanding training regime, according to Head of Performance Chris Domogalla.
The Canaries have enjoyed a fine run of form in the Sky Bet Championship of late, while also rising to the challenge of facing Premier League heavyweights Arsenal and Chelsea this term.
"Sometimes I’m the most hated person on the staff for the players," Domogalla joked, when talking to the media on Wednesday afternoon.
"The players have adapted so well to our training philosophy. They’re with us on one track and are open-minded because they’re brilliant to work with.
"We wanted to make them resistant to the load in the games and to sustain them against tough periods at the end of matches. Our main goal is to have the same quality in the first half and second half.
"Our training load can be high and it took time to adapt to it because it was different. We’re getting the benefits now, and that’s why we do it."
Domogalla was speaking at the unveiling of a new Players’ Lounge at Colney Training Centre, created by design company Bluespace to help further enhance the effectiveness of City’s training schedule.
"When the players work hard, they need a space to recover," he explained.
"I totally believe that work plus rest equals success. We take care of the physical training and the load but we also wanted them to have a space where they can relax mentally and physically.
"It will have a huge impact for the players from the mental side. We’ve had very positive feedback from them so far. They like to stay here between their sessions, and that helps us.
"We have all the options here to be very well-prepared for Sunday. Our players are very motivated for every game and want to win every game.
"They know Ipswich will be a battle and they want to win that battle."