ZAGREB, 27 April 2020 – Croatian champions Dinamo Zagreb returned to training for the first time since the coronavirus pandemic on Monday.
First division footballers around the country were given the green light to commence training today from the national crisis management team.
The session was also the first under newly appointed coach Igor Jovicevic. Jovicevic, who had been the head coach of the Dinamo Zagreb academy youth team since 2017, leading them to the quarterfinals of the Youth Champions League for the past two years in a row, was happy with the first run.
“I am satisfied. We all patiently waited for this first training which is in two groups and the goalkeepers. It was conducted under the instructions set out by the national crisis management team including distancing which makes it difficult but we will slowly get there. The players just wanted the ball and I believe every day will be better and better,” he told GNK Dinamo Official TV.
Jovicevic said he put the groups through a light training session first-up but was sure that it demanding and tougher than any jogs the players have been on over the past five weeks.
“We have to be smart. We have to do things in doses.”
The sessions were done in groups of 5 players with a coach and physiotherapist also present with space between players of 5 metres.
Report from GNK Dinamo Official TV below.