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12-15-2012, 11:47 PM
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Originally Posted by Fulcrum View Post
According to Varnakov the team is also under heavy physical loads due to camp. Ever tried passing while sore/exhausted? really hard).

He is obviously doing a micro cycle to condition the players, which is a great idea.
When Varnakov played for Soviet national teams, the practices that Tikhonov ran were brutal, but they prepared the guys to play the whole game at a breakneck pace without letting up. The 1979 Soviet Challenge Cup, in which Varnakov played, is the best example I have seen of a team that mercilessly kept its foot on the pedal for 3 consecutive games. My guess is that his experience entered into his plan to really push the guys physically, if that is what he's doing.

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