Thursday July 5 2012
Zeman outlaws coffee at Roma!

Zemanlandia is officially re-opened, after Zdenek Zeman supervised his first training session as Roma Coach.

Zeman is back at the Trigoria training complex 13 years after his first spell in charge of the Giallorossi concluded.

The Czech, who led Pescara to the Serie B title in May, is renowned not only for the attacking football his teams play but also the strenuous physical preparation he puts his players through.

Yesterday was no different, as the returning Roma players were put through a series of tests with the emphasis very much on speed, a key component in Zeman's 4-3-3 tactical module.

The tactician also installed a strict new dietary regime, outlawing coffee and cake for the next 10 days and demanding his charges eat less carbohydrates, and much less protein.

The Giallorossi spent the day doing preparatory work at Roma’s training ground, before they travel north to Riscone to begin their pre-season ritiro.

Zeman has, as the Gazzetta dello Sport report this morning, also decided to prolong the players’ pre-season work, with a second nine-day training retreat in early August in Austria.