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Tricky Talk: Stepping it up

Day five of Nottingham Forest's pre-season training camp at the IMG Academy in Florida.

9 July 2017

Stretching at the beach kicked off Saturday's work ahead a level four training session at the IMG Academy.

The staff at IMG were caught by surprise when a thunderstorm appeared in the area without warning, with the ominous grey skies moving towards the pitches where The Reds train.

This caused a delay to the start of training for health and safety reasons, with cracks of lightning followed swiftly by rumbles of thunder, but the storm soon passed over and it was back to work.

The focus of the session was on building towards a match as they worked on 11-a-side games on a smaller pitch, cancelling out lots of space and forcing the players to work in tight areas.

The game was then expanded into a full-size pitch as the players upped the tempo ahead of lunch.

After refuelling at the IMG Golf Club, it was back to the campus and into the gym as the focus was on building upper body strength while giving the legs a breather after the morning session.

The fantastic work levels by the players in training and in the gym on Saturday delighted Mark Warburton, who rewarded them with an afternoon down by the beach, with some players and staff opting to soak up some rays while others stopped in at nearby cafés.

It was a chance to relax ahead of Sunday's behind-closed-doors training game against another side using the IMG Academy facilities in Costa Rican side Deportivo Saprissa.

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