The Secret Behind Dalot’s good form and physique
The Portugal international spent last season on loan at AC Milan, where he played against us in the Europa League, but he has made 20 appearances this season, including a 2-0 win over Brighton & Hove Albion.
When questioned about the reason behind his outstanding run of form, he gave a thorough response that included a modification in his pre-match ritual — having a coffee and a talk with pal Cristiano Ronaldo.
“I’ve tried to keep my regimen since I started playing professional football,” he said. “It’s important for me to be able to perform at my best not just cognitively, but physically as well.” I’ve been increasing my level of preparation for training and games, particularly last season and this season.
“I would say this has been my biggest support outside of the pitch for me to be able to perform on the pitch, whether it’s nutrition, sleeping, or listening to beats [music] before and after training.” I strive to have my habits in place so that I’m always ready to play.”
In terms of specific rituals and routines, Diogo prefers to stay relaxed in the days leading up to games, in order to be totally focused on the task at hand. This is especially true when there is time to kill in the team hotel.
“I mean, every gamer has their own set of beliefs,” he explained. “To be honest, I don’t have many, so now I always, and this is a nice tale, drink my coffee with Cristiano before the games when we’re at the hotel.”
“It’s become a habit now.” He literally dragged me inside the coffee shop because I was not a coffee drinker, but now I am. Just a tiny bit of conversation. We get out of the room occasionally when we have too much time in the hotel, simply to talk a little bit and try to focus on the game.
“Obviously, I listen to music, prepare myself with massages, mobility training, and stretches, and then get ready for the game.”