Maxim Babyak: we prepare for the hard season

Player of Tallinn’s Fut­sal Club Cos­mos Mak­sim Bab­jak told about pre­par­a­tions for the upcom­ing sea­son, about the form­a­tion of the lineup for it, and also admit­ted that he is look­ing for­ward to the start of the new Baltic Fut­sal League sea­son.

— Pre­par­a­tions for the new sea­son began at the end of August — we had a meet­ing with the club’s pres­id­ent where the object­ives for the upcom­ing sea­son were announced. We were told about the tour­na­ments where Cos­mos will par­ti­cip­ate. The exact start­ing dates of the Cham­pi­on­ship, Cup and Super Cup are not yet announced, so we train and wait for the details.

— How hard is it to get into a rhythm of train­ing pro­cess after a vaca­tion that has been delayed by the epi­demi­o­lo­gical situ­a­tion?

— We star­ted the phys­ical pre­par­a­tions in the begin­n­ing of Septem­ber. There were out­door jog­ging exer­cises, sprints and other fut­sal ele­ments. After the strength­en­ing of our phys­ical condi­tions we plan to start indoor exer­cises, there is not much time left before the start of the sea­son, so it is neces­sary to be in fit. How­ever, we have another prob­lem — our head coach Sergey Svetlov lives in Saint Peters­burg, and because the bor­der between Esto­nia and Rus­sia is closed, he’s not able to be with us. As long as we had to pre­pare without him, the older guys took some of his func­tions. We keep in touch with him remotely — he sends an assign­ment with a list of what we need to do for each train­ing ses­sion, and we do his errands. At this moment, we have to work like this, but I hope it all works out soon, coach will join us, and we can train as hard as pos­s­ible.

— Are there any changes in team’s roster in com­pare to the last sea­son?

— There are no sig­ni­fic­ant changes in the team — in fact, all the guys who were in the team last sea­son will stay, so we can say that we expect to rely on ourselves. Moreover, exper­i­enced play­ers who have already played with us will come back this sea­son. I think that this year we will need all — both young guys and more skilled ones who have the exper­i­ence of play­ing for Cos­mos. It’s going to be a tough sea­son, so we will need every­one who can play fut­sal. We still don’t know if Peters­burg’s guys who have played for us last sea­son will be able to strengthen us, this ques­tion remains opened.

— The second sea­son of the Baltic Fut­sal League is expec­ted to start in Decem­ber, what impres­sions did you make of the first sea­son?

— We look for­ward not only to the start of the domestic cham­pi­on­ship, but also to the start of the Baltic Fut­sal League. We’ve already known that the League is expand­ing, there will be more teams, and that’s the good news — it will be much more inter­est­ing to par­ti­cip­ate it. We play only with Esto­nian teams, and the Esto­nian cham­pi­on­ship is essen­tially just two or three teams that play among them­selves. The rest of the teams are ama­teurs, who some­times can’t form a team just to play the match. There­fore, games at the inter­n­a­tional level are inter­est­ing to us from all sides, both for the devel­op­ment of the fut­sal as a sport and for the improve­ment of our own play­ing skills.

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