Friday, April 15, 2011

Vidic on stress

Nemanja Vidic has admitted that chasing glory on three fronts places a mental strain on the players as well as the obvious physical aspects.

United are simply expected to win every match they play and, although this is typically the time of the season when the Reds hit top gear, the pressure on the team to perform is obvious.

Vida concedes that it's a stressful business playing must-win games twice a week for much of the rest of the campaign but the captain is clearly relishing the prospect of lifting some silverware at the end of the season.

"For the players who play so many games - you may play 50 games a season - it can be tough, physically," Vidic revealed. "Mentally, too. We go into every game with the mentality that winning is everything - you place a lot of pressure on yourself and you have to be strong to keep that up until the end of the season.

"Every weekend you're under incredible pressure. You have to win every week, you have to perform well, you have to score goals... it's stressful.

"Obviously you need to be physically ready at this stage of the season but in order to play for a big club, the mental side is just as important. To win trophies, to win games week in, week out, you have to be very strong. A player's mental strength can have a big impact at the end of the season and that's where we hope our experience comes into play."

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