AFC Bournemouth in Dubai to recharge batteries
AFC Bournemouth players visit Dubai to recharge batteries (picture courtesy of eurosport.com)
English Championship league leaders AFC Bournemouth are in Dubai on a five-day training camp at Dubai Sports City this week.
The trip is being billed as a reward for the players, according to coach Eddie Howe, after his side returned to the top of the table with a 3-0 win at home to fellow title-chasers Middlesbrough on Saturday.
Last month, The Cherries fell to fourth in the league after drawing with Derby and Huddersfield and losing to Brentford and Nottingham Forest. The Middlesbrough win leaves the South Coast side one point clear with seven games remaining, and a break in fixtures due to the international window has left the Dorset side with time to kill before their next league match away to Ipswich on April 3.
Howe told Bournemouthâ€™s Daily Echo: â€œWhen we were having an indifferent spell of results, we decided to try to refocus the playersâ€™ minds. We wanted them to look at the bigger picture and set them a points target which they hit.
â€œWe said we would come up with a reward if they were to hit the target. It was an incentive to break the mind-set of the spell we were in. With the international break looming, we decided it would be good to take them away for a few days for a change of scenery and in a different atmosphere.
â€œIt is a long season and the players have been so good in everything they have delivered for us. It is just nice to be able to reward them at this time.â€
Bournemouth will have three training sessions at Dubai Sports City's outdoor natural pitch from 10am to 11.30am on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.
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