for professional soccer teams.
2. Sleep: A key yet often forgotten part of the recovery and tapering programme is that of sleep. We know that increasing sleep by one hour per night in the week leading into the game will result in better performance on the day and also in better recovery following the game. I have no doubt that both camps will have been ensuring that all players were well supported and instructed in how to ensure that extra sleep occurred in the week before the game. The same approach applies to the week following the game.
While extra sleep will also be very important in the weeks after the drawn game, other factors will influence how well recovery actually occurs. Recovery following the drawn match will probably take between 6 and 10 days depending on a) how well the players tapered before the drawn game b) how well they slept c) how well they return to normal after the drawn game and d) their type.
6. Nowadays it is unlikely that a player will be consuming alcohol in the 3 week interim. Alcohol as we all know delays recovery and blunts the ability to perform. While some players may have enjoyed a social drink after the drawn game, I have no doubt that no player would get intoxicated.
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