Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew hopes that the warm weather training camp that he’ll take his players to will give them a lift ahead of the FA Cup fifth round tie against Tottenham Hotspur next weekend.
The Palace squad will fly out to Spain this week to prepare for the trip to White Hart Line and Pardew says that similar trips worked well back when he was a player during the run to the final in 1990.
As reported by The Telegraph, he said:
That run we had to the cup final, we used to go away for a week. A change of scenery, lighten the load, focus on the Cup. It was a good experience for us and hopefully it will be the same for my players.
Palace will hope to use the camp to get some players, especially Yannick Bolasie and Bakary Sako, back into shape after their recent injuries and both would be huge additions if they can play in the crucial cup tie.
The Eagles have been on a really poor run of form in the Premier League, but their best performances of 2016 have both come in the cup and they’ll be hoping to add another top performance to the list when they face Mauricio Pochettino’s side.