Blues players training at home during Coronavirus isolation

Wednesday, 18 March, 2020 18comments  |  Jump to last

Everton's players are keeping their fitness up with individualised training programmes and some of them have been getting creative with their free time while the club remains in lockdown due to the Coronavirus outbreak.

Finch Farm has been closed for the past few days and is expected to remain so for the foreseeable future as the number of Covid-19 infections continue to rise in the United Kingdom, surpassing the 2,500 mark today.

Richarlison has been keeping his followers entertained with clips of him playing football in his garden and singing his own terrace chant while washing his hands for the recommended duration!

While Uefa and Europe's leagues have targeted 30th of June as the date by which all remaining fixtures will be completed, the Premier League remains in a wait-and-see posture as the 4th of April date by which time they hoped to resume games approaches.

Most experts believe it is inconceivable that matches will be able to resume in just a fortnight's time but in the interim, the Blues' players are keeping in shape in their home gyms.

"It is a strange and difficult situation but we tried to react immediately,” Francesco Mauri, the Everton's Head of Physical Conditioning,” said on “We decided to prepare a programme where the players have different training sessions for one week, but they can repeat those routines during subsequent weeks.

“We used our technology to send a programme with videos and descriptions of activities to the players. The training is focused on aerobic conditioning, strength and mobility.

“Our goal is to avoid loss of physical condition and some of the exercises are centred on injury prevention.

“We have given them their usual gym programmes added to aerobic work they can do at home with a bike or treadmill, or in a safe outside space.

“The players follow individual gym programmes during the season, so the work they are doing is a continuation of that.

“We have not given them any football-specific training for now and everything they are doing is as safe as possible in terms of avoiding injury.

“Motivation is never an issue and there is some novelty for the players, they are at home and in their own gyms, so that benefits us in the short-term."

Some of the players have been entertaining their followers on social media, with André Gomes taking the cake so far with his hilarious channeling of Tom Hanks in Castaway, while Richarlison exhibited exemplary hand-washing technique while singing his own terrace chant.

Others just wanted to pass on their good wishes during the enforced shutdown and isolation:

André Gomes


Duncan Ferguson

Lucas Digne


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Jay Wood

1 Posted 18/03/2020 at 23:17:09
Saw this earlier on the club site.

I enjoyed the Richarlison story more.

Ritually washing his hands for the requisite minimum 20 seconds whilst singing one of his terrace songs, which the club site discreetly describes as:

'He's Brazilian, he only cost £50 million,
We think he's flippin' brilliant,

To his credit, I think you can hear Richarlison singing the tune more akin to the truer version where the flippin' word gets substituted with a more earthy Scouse 'F' word.

Watch it on this page:


Andy Crooks
2 Posted 19/03/2020 at 00:33:54
How are things in Brazil, Jay? Hope you and yours are well. The fitness of the players, transfers, the new ground, shouldn't matter but they are vital. It is our normality and we should never let this crisis define us. It will pass and we will get back to lambasting Sigurdsson and Pickford.

This site will be a comfort to many with time on their hands and our club is important to us.

Alan J Thompson
3 Posted 19/03/2020 at 03:16:22
Let's just hope none of them live in a one-bedroom flat or a Council terraced.
Tony Abrahams
4 Posted 19/03/2020 at 07:34:52
Fair enough Alan J! luckily I've got a little back-garden, so I went and bought a couple of little goals yesterday, probably against my better judgement, when reports coming out of Italy, are saying people are not properly adhering to the lock-down, and are getting found on the streets because they can't live with each other.

I know there is going to be murder in my own house, once our own footy starts, and it won't be long before the kids are requesting I get a camera, to stop all the cheating, I just wonder what Jon Moss, is doing to keep fit?

Colin Glassar
5 Posted 19/03/2020 at 07:49:31
Poor things. Life must be tough in their Cheshire mansions. I hope they have enough bog roll and baked beans to survive this crisis.
Simon Smith
6 Posted 19/03/2020 at 11:16:37
Haha Colin,

I was devastated to hear that some poor premier league Players have contracts running out On 30/06/2020, sky sports were very concerned about them and whether their 𧴜,000 a week contract would be extended to see out the season.

As a small business owner myself, I simply can't even begin to imagine how tough it is for those players, I will have to offer them free boiler installations if any of them are struggling to heat the house.

Tony Everan
7 Posted 19/03/2020 at 11:58:55
Agree Simon, They are definitely not on the most vulnerable list, but It's not their fault they are on 100k per week. It's the free market economics of tv rights football, it's obscene and inequitable. If someone offered any of us 100k per week for doing almost anything we'd take it. Their families and relatives will have vulnerable and old age members and they deserve respect, care and sympathy like anyone else.
Patrick McFarlane
8 Posted 19/03/2020 at 13:23:59
Our lads may be training in their gardens for some considerable time as the Premier League has decided to postpone fixtures until 30th April at the earliest, they are determined to complete this season and the FA have altered its rule which says all games should be completed by 1st June, thus extending the end date to an indefinite date. I can see this season going on for a long long time.

Jerome Shields
9 Posted 19/03/2020 at 13:36:51
Hope this consists of a peloton bike, linked to Big Dunc on his in the spare room.
Kunal Desai
10 Posted 19/03/2020 at 13:44:50
Can't see it resuming on 30th April. I guess they have to review it on a monthly basis.
Tony Sullivan
11 Posted 19/03/2020 at 13:55:39
Reminds me of the 1963 season when we won the league.

I think there was a 2 month shut down due to the severe winter. The was no widespread use of under soil heating. Braziers were tried but the icy conditions were the winners.

I think (from memory) the season ended in mid May, with 4-1 home win against Fulham and a hat trick for Roy Vernon, followed by the Championship Trophy

Roger Helm
12 Posted 19/03/2020 at 22:52:58
The season is over. With the projected course of the pandemic, it will be three months at least before restrictions start to be lifted. The players won't be match fit and to resume the season will take us well into mid and late summer, thus buggering up preparations for next season.

Brian Williams
13 Posted 19/03/2020 at 23:19:36
Not according to the FA Roger who have said that they're prepared to go beyond their initial edict that the league should finish by the start of June for as long as it takes to finish this season!
Mike Gaynes
14 Posted 20/03/2020 at 00:10:42
Yep, Brian, it's going to be strange to see these guys playing in August for the end of this season and then rolling right into the next one!
Andrew Haizelden
15 Posted 25/03/2020 at 14:47:59
I wonder how this training in isolation will affect players ability to intuitively know where their teammates are? Will we see a lot of misunderstanding and missed passes etc?
Brian Williams
16 Posted 25/03/2020 at 14:51:52
Andrew, In answer to will we see misplaced passes etc it's a yes, just as we've seen for the first 75% of the season.
George McKane
17 Posted 25/03/2020 at 15:43:56
I have been isolated at home for 11 days now - - but am fit and well really - - just taking precautions and for a change doing what I am told - - like EFC Players I am trying to keep everything going - - we are developing an on-line programme for our young people.

Also, it is Vincent Van Gogh's Birthday next Monday - -as I am sure you all know -- and nothing will stop me doing something on his birthday - - - see this link:

- - Link

Bill Griffiths
18 Posted 25/03/2020 at 16:34:36
Great stuff, George, look forward to seeing the next room and hearing more about your books. I love books and reading and have hundreds of books in the house much to my wife's dismay

Take care of yourself in your isolation.

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