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INTERVIEW: "The games come thick and fast"

Robins discusses the Easter weekend's set of fixtures...

2 April 2021

As the Sky Blues prepare for a busy Easter weekend, boss Mark Robins is looking forward to the first fixture of the final run-in.

With only nine games left remaining in the 2020/21 season, City will take on Queens Park Rangers today, whilst entertaining Bristol City on Monday.

Although there is only two days between both fixtures, City have had the international break to prepare for what will be the business end of the season.

“These will be two of the remaining nine and you obviously start to look more and more as to what you need, and as it becomes less and less it becomes more clearer as to what you need in terms of points.

“It’s about the game and taking them individually as game by game and just managing that mindset and making sure the players can manage their mindsets individually in this period throughout this period, so I think its just about looking forward to it.

“The big thing for me in the international break is we’ve been able to get a breather for some and being able to give a rest and refresh.

“We’ve also been able to get some games into some that need a bit of game time as well as a bit of training as well.

“We’ve been able to do blocks of work but also get that balance between rest and resting minds as well as bodies along with giving people work in games, so it’s been useful but we’re looking forward to the games.”

With just five weeks remaining in the season, City will play seven games in April, including three games in seven days midway through the month.

However, this is nothing new for the Sky Blues, who along with everyone else in the football league, have been playing part of a grueling schedule.

“We’ve been used to it all season where the games come thick and fast and we’ve been sort of punctuated by three international breaks but yeah we’re just looking forward to the rest of the season.

But I think that’s been a case all season, I think it’s proved very difficult for everybody to stay fit.

“I think up and down the country, squads have been stretched to the limit and I think the five subs rule has been a help to a degree in terms of keeping people fit and healthy, but I think it helps the bigger squads, the more expensive squads with bigger budgets and deeper pockets.

“It’s been a difficult season because pitches haven’t been renovated there was no chances to do that so we’re playing on difficult surfaces all the time.

“The games programme is very tough and tougher for others, obviously Rotherham’s fixture pile up now because of the COVID situation that they’ve experienced is a tough running but like I say it’s been tough for everyone up and down the country not just in sport.”

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