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Bruce Arena talks about his pre-match revolution plans, Adam Buxa put

New England Revolution

Arena said New England will play “two pairs practice matches” before the playoff game on November 30.

Bruce Arena and The Revolution continue to prepare for the elusive playoff game on November 30th. AP Photo / Mary Schwalm

The Revolution has already secured a place in Major League Soccer history with the team’s record 2021 season, but — as coach Bruce Arena indicated on Thursday — the team is already focused on the task remaining in the post next season.

During his weekly interview on 98.5 The Sports Hub’sZulak and BertrandArena also reflected on another piece of recent news: Gustavo Poe’s two-year contract extension.

“He’s fantastic, and the Crafts have bolstered their support for the team,” Arena said of Bo’s new deal, which will keep the Argentine striker in New England for at least the 2023 season. “And before I got here, I think there was one particular player in Carles [Gil]And now we’ve added two. We have re-uploaded both [Gil and Bou]. It’s a sign that the players love it here, that ownership supports this team.”

New England recently Celebrated the first victory for the fans’ shield In club history after finishing the regular season with 73 points, the highest total ever by an MLS team.

However, the end of the regular season was a small disappointment as the Revolution lost at home to Inter Miami, 1-0. Arena made it clear that the defeat could be a long-term asset.

“I was disappointed that we didn’t get the result in the last game, but having said that, maybe it’s not the worst thing,” Arena said. “It wakes us up a bit and hopefully we’ll be properly prepared for the next match.”

The “next game” will be the Eastern Conference semi-finals, where New England will win the first seed playoffs and will have a first-round match.

Revolution opponents will be decided on November 23, as New York City FC and Atlanta United compete for the chance to come to Gillette Stadium.

Whatever the case, the only certainty is that Arena will have to plan his team to overcome an unusually long gap between matches. In total, Revolution will have a 23-day break between the end of the regular season and the start of the MLS Cup on November 30.

How does the Arena plan to deal with such a challenge?

“We’re going to play some practice games at Gillette [Stadium] Arena said.” “One match against an external opponent. Another match between us, using some of our Revolution II players as well. So we will prepare our men as best we can. And maybe one or two extra training sessions at Gillette.

“And then all the way through these 20 days, we will have a mixture of working hard and then days off,” Arena continued. “Obviously we’ll give them Thanksgiving Day, and then the day after that. They’ll have a two-day break. So, every now and then they’ll probably have four. [or] Five days off. We will prepare and put in some new things to prepare for the play-off, and hopefully we will be ready, but no one knows the answer to something like that because this is an extraordinarily long absence.”

As for New England’s top scorer, Poland striker Adam Buxa, Arena said he was confident the 25-year-old would recover from his situation. broken instep Just in time for the 30th.

“We do,” Arena said when asked if he expected Boca to be ready to go. “The injury he’s had in the last two games, so we know he’s going to be fine. It’s a process that he’s going to take a few weeks to recover properly but he’s very keen to get back on the field and I don’t think that’s going to be a problem.”

Regarding his health, the 70-year-old Arina admitted that he was dealing with a partially torn Achilles tendon.

“The position is vertical, which saved me,” Arena said of the injury. “If it’s horizontal, it’s probably surgery. So a bit of a tear. It’s scars, it’s getting better and I hope to be ready for November 30th.”