The Danish player explained that the training that the team has proposed to the players for the confinement only supposes a third of what he does on a regular basis. He wants to return to the highest level.
Barcelona’s Danish striker Martin Braithwaite said on Monday that the training plan the club has sent out to its players during their confinement is only a part of his preparation and that he will be ready to take up a starting place again.
“Barça’s plan is only a third part of my training, because I have added a lot more to it. I exercise my speed and stamina. I’m training much more thoroughly now than before, so I’ll be back in much better physical shape,” the player told Danish public television ‘DR’.
The latest addition to the Blaugrana club, who arrived from Leganés outside the winter market to replace the injured Luis Suárez and Ousmane Dembélé, returned to Madrid with his family before his confinement, as he did not yet have a home in Barcelona.
The Danish international trains in his basement gym and does running and ball exercises in the garden, as well as spending a lot of time “visualising” how he wants things to go.
“I have to be a starter and a goal scorer. When you play for Barcelona you have a lot of opportunities, so there is no doubt that I see myself scoring a lot of goals and being one of the top scorers in the team and in La Liga. That’s why I’m here,” he said.
Braithwaite, who has only been able to play three games for the club, reiterated his confidence that the hard work is paying off and that, as he is now working harder than ever, it will work. “I will have a huge reward,” he predicted.
“Now there is a break, I see it as an advantage. I know there’s no one who trains and works as I do. When I come back I will be ready physically and mentally,” he said.
The possible return of Luis Suarez after injury or hypothetical new signings is not a problem, on the contrary, Braithwaite calls it “fantastic”, as he believes the competition will make it better.
“I haven’t shown what I can do yet. I feel I’ve done well, but I know I can do even better,” said the 28-year-old.