Chennai: Chennaiyin FC will hold a month-long pre-season camp in Perugia, Italy to prepare for the 2015 Hero Indian Super League football tournament, the franchise said on Friday. Perugia is located 164km north of Italy’s capital Rome and Chennaiyin FC’s base will be about 5km from the town centre of Perugia. Chennaiyin FC will be training at Ellera, Corciano Town Council, Perugia.
The domestic players of Chennaiyin FC will leave from India for Italy in the early hours of August 22, while the foreign recruits will be assembling in Perugia from their respective countries. The training is expected to start from August 23. Chennaiyin FC will be playing at least four friendly games during their stay in Italy and the club is in talks with various lower division teams of Italy for the same.Chennaiyin FC manager Marco Materazzi added: “Pre-season is very important for the success of any football team in the world. Last year due to unavoidable circumstances we didn’t get too much time to prepare for the ISL. Although the players still made me and the whole franchise proud with their efforts and performances, eventually everyone could see that we had too many injuries.
“So a full pre-season will make a massive difference to our physical, tactical and mental preparation ahead of the new season. The training facilities, environment and quality of opposition in Perugia will help us immensely in getting ready for the upcoming ISL campaign.”