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When The Going Gets Tough

Apostolos Vellios, 11th July 2013 - 09:57

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Striker for Everton and Greece Under-21s.

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Everton are in Austria this week preparing for Sunday's opening pre-season friendly against the country's reigning champions Austria Vienna.

Each day, Greek striker Apostolos Vellios will be offering his own unique insight into life in the camp, starting with a hectic first 24 hours and the mobile phone download that's taking over his free time...



Hi guys,

I had a fantastic summer in Greece with my family and my friends but now it's great to be back and ready to work for the new season.

Already we've been working hard, first in Liverpool and now in Austria.

I can already say that this pre-season has been the hardest of my life so far. The manager is working us intensely to improve our fitness but also our technique, and the ball has been incorporated in almost all our running.

Day One

Today was so hot - for me, too hot! But tomorrow is supposed to be cooler and I think that will come as a relief to everybody.

We had a gym session in the morning before training so after I took an ice bath and a massage because that's really important for a football player. Our muscles are our weapons and we need to be ready for the next session - which is usually only just around the corner when you're away.

I did get a small amount of time to relax in my room in the afternoon, so I had a little sleep and then downloaded Virtua Tennis for my phone. It's fantastic but addictive. I would say I was inspired by Andy Murray winning Wimbledon but I prefer Roger Federer really. I do like Murray though so I was pleased to see him win on Sunday and it was a great match.

I'm also watching Game of Thrones at the moment. I've just finished the first season and it was one of the best things I've seen, so I'm looking forward to finding out what happens next. No spoilers please!

Wednesday evening we went for a bike ride around the town. It was no easier than the earlier training session to be honest - everything seems to be tough at this time of the year. But I can see the players are enjoying it because we are being given different stuff to do and I can see how all the new staff, not just the manager, are trying to give us some fresh ideas. From what we've done so far I think you're all going to see a different Everton next season.

Anyway, I've got to go for today. I'll give you another update tomorrow!

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