It was by no means a normal session for the Wolves to start the week off; rather than working together out on the pitch as usual, they trained in four small groups at staggered times in the gym.
“The club took every conceivable precaution”
In order to minimise the potential risk of infection during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the squad was split into four groups that each trained two hours apart so that the players could avoid each other as much as possible.
Further measures were implemented in addition to the staggered training times. Rather than using the facilities in the VfL-Center as usual, the Wolves used four different changing rooms in the Volkswagen Arena. On top of that, next to every door and in the mixed zone – where ergometers were stationed at large distances – there were hand sanitisers available.
It was an unfamiliar way of doing things, even if the players were fully understanding of the situation. “Obviously we’d all prefer to be playing football but we’re aware we need to adapt to the way things are,” said Daniel Ginczek.
“It’s our job to keep ourselves fit, whether that’s at home or in small groups like today. Every group had a session in the gym at different times and we worked on the legs and torso. The club took every conceivable precaution in terms of hygiene. The rooms at the stadium are very big and each group had its own changing room, where the players sat a long way away from each other. Everyone had their own things like towels, blackrolls and mats.”