Importance of Freshness
When a team trains for, plays and wins a round-robin league or a quarter final to make progress in a cup or championship, the coach needs to realise that there should be a reduction in training –both in the extent and intensity – to win the semis and a further reduction to win the final.
Freshness is the key to winning big games.
Unfortunately many managers and coaches think differently and their team suffers the consequences. To paraphrase Joe Paterno: the will to win is important but the will to prepare well is vital. Use common sense as the “key ingredient” in coaching as the importance of the games becomes bigger!