Mourinho’s widening influence on Real Madrid’s pre-season plans

Jose Mourinho is exerting his influence on Real Madrid’s players in a bid for full preparation for the season ahead, by focusing on the players’ diets.

El Confidencial are reporting that such is Mourinho’s active and widening role at the club, that he has taken it upon himself to ensure among other things, that Marcelo and Karim Benzema have remained in physical shape over the summer holiday.

The duo were both found to be overweight when returning for pre-season training in 2010-11, with Marcelo 8kg and Benzema 6kg heavier than they should be, and the Portuguese Coach is eager for that situation not to repeat itself as he looks to prepare as early and as fully as possible for the new season. This has included calling both players during the past month, setting them routines, and then assessing them and talking to them when they arrived for Real’s pre-season camp in Los Angeles.

Reflective of his time at Chelsea and Inter, Mourinho is also increasing focus on the squad’s diet. He has reportedly employed a second chef for the team, with all meals now to be supervised by a dietician. Following on from Bernd Schuster’s initiative that looked to improve team bond and was voluntary, Mourinho is looking to make group meals for the players obligatory, so as to ensure peach player’s diet is under full control, with the aim to allow for a more complete preparation to start the season in peak fitness to challenge Barcelona.

Such has been the former Chelsea and Inter tactician’s extending role at Real, he has had just two weeks off from the end of the 2010-11 campaign. Beyond the above changes, the Coach has played a more active role in the club’s transfer business, alongside new director of sport Zinedine Zidane. The Frenchman’s movement into this role, further sidelining Miguel Pardeza, was again initiated by the Real Coach.

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