Portugal stars in the mood for Euro glory thanks to extended time off, reveals Pepe
17:40 GMT, 31 May 2012
Portugal centre back Pepe says he is feeling rejuvenated for Euro 2012 thanks to the amount of time off that coach Paulo Bento has given his players during their training camp in preparation for next month's tournament.
Portugal's schedule included one full
day and three afternoons off since they started their training camp in
the medieval town of Obidos two weeks ago. Many squads give little or no
time at all outside the training camp.
'Bento knows that it is often preferable to give us a morning or an afternoon off to be with our family and disconnect,' Pepe told reporters on Thursday.
Relaxed: Real Madrid defender Pepe is feeling goof ahead of Euro 2012
The Brazilian-born Real Madrid player said a Wednesday afternoon with his family did wonders to energise him.
'We arrived at the hotel today with enhanced will and spirit to train. It is as if we were arriving to be with the national team for the first time,' he said.
'Paulo (Bento) knows perfectly that this spirit is good. He was once a player and we talked amongst ourselves and reached the common sense that this time off was spectacular to us.'
Training camp or holiday camp (left-right) Fabio Coentrao, Ricardo Qauresma, Cristiano Ronaldo and Hugo Almeida at Praia Del Rey in Portugal
Portugal are drawn in Group B for Euro 2012 with former European champions Germany, Netherlands and Denmark. Their first match is against Germany in Ukraine's Lviv on June 9.
They play Turkey in the Luz stadium on Saturday, their last test before flying out to their tournament base in Poland.