Fitness the reason for fantastic start to the season says Arsenal’s Jill Roord
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Arsenal midfielder Jill Roord has said “fitness” is the main reason behind her rapid start to the Women’s Super League season.
Roord, who is currently out of action with a knee injury that she sustained in the last international break for the Netherlands against Russia, missed the wins over Tottenham Hotspur, Bristol City and Brighton & Hove Albion.
However Roord scored consecutive hat-tricks in the opening two fixtures over Reading and West Ham United and said: “I was working a lot on my fitness over the summer.”
“That’s the bit that I could really develop as well, my physicality. I had the time during the coronavirus break, so I’ve been doing a lot. If we’re going back to training, then I wanted to be really fit. It worked out really well.
“I was just focused on my fitness, and physicality with the running. Also mentally, I had time to switch off and spend some time with family. That did me really good as well. I just felt really fresh going into the new season.
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Roord was voted as the player of the month for September following her hat-trick heroics and speaking about her start to the season explained: “Coming into this season, I didn’t expect to start with two hat-tricks but I feel really good, I think in the first two games in the league we played really well as a team and scored a lot of goals.
“I feel confident and as a team we feel confident, we feel good. It’s exciting to see what we’re capable of and I’m excited to see what we can bring this season.
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“I think it’s always difficult when you go to a new club and maybe that’s why this season has been better. You have to get used to everything: to the team, to the environment, to the football culture.
“In Holland, everything is about football. It starts when you’re really little. Even on a professional level, every training session is with the ball. It’s all about technique, it’s all about building up, about possession.”
“The way we play is a Dutch thing. I’ve been in Germany and now I’m in England. The focus here is a lot on the physical ability as well, and that’s different with Holland because we focus on the football.”