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12 February 2013

Martinez hopes week away can inspire team once more

Roberto Martinez hopes that Latics’ week-long training camp in Tenerife can have the same effect in the final third of the campaign as their Oman visit did last season.

Latics’ visited Ali Al Habsi’s home country this time last year, and returned to Premier League by picking up 24 points from the remaining 39 left, securing survival for another year.

Martinez explained why the trips have been so beneficial:

“Whenever we’ve faced the final third of the season we’ve always arranged these trips which help us to clarify certain concepts, give players individual attention because you are with them every second of the day and at the same time let the group set their own targets and aspirations.

“Oman was a very important point in our season last year, and helped us to go into the final nine games picking up seven victories.

“Two years ago we visited La Manga with similar results, achieving a clear focus for the final stage of the campaign, and even in my first year at the club we took time at Carden Park in Cheshire.

“The warm weather hasn’t disappointed and already today (Monday) we’ve completed two training sessions in taking full advantage of the facilities and conditions.

“It will be a heavy week in terms of giving the players exactly what they need going into the final third of the season; some players are recovering from injury, others have had a difficult season and some have played over 2,700 minutes on the pitch, so the needs of each player is different.

“We’ll be able to work closely with them all and assign individual programs to regenerate the bodies for the coming months in impressive surroundings.

“The change in environment, place of work and Vitamin D supplement the players will get from the sunshine will help them mentally and physically.

“The water-treatment facilities we have available are going to be fantastic for the likes of Ryo Miyaichi, Emmerson Boyce, Antolin Alcaraz, Fraser Fyvie, Adrian Lopez and Ben Watson who are all returning from injury and hopefully speed up their recovery.

“All the conditions we have here are perfect and I would like if we could come back and have a player back fit and available to return to the team, because it would have a feeling of welcoming in a new player and have a great impact on the group.

“We all know how important the next 12 games are going to be for us and we want to make sure we’re as good as we can be for those tests.”

Martinez also passed comment on former Wigan Athletic player Victor Moses who was named Player of the Tournament in this year’s Africa Cup of Nations, helping Nigeria to victory in the competition for the first time since 1994.

It was under Martinez that Moses gained his first international cap for the Super Eagles, against Rwanda in February last year, and the gaffer spoke of his pride at seeing a former player achieve what Victor has:

“We’re all proud of Victor and I think the whole Wigan Athletic family will always be proud of what he goes on to achieve throughout his career.

“He’s always been quick to refer to his time at our football club as an important chapter in his career, growing in the Premier League to become the player he is now.

“I always felt he was a great ambassador for his club during his time with us and feel as though he still is, albeit a Chelsea player now.

“It’s clear to see that his career is going to continue to flourish and I’m sure all our fans will continue to watch what he does with pride.”

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