Real Madrid stars set to be fitted with CPAP masks ‘amid concern over form’

An insight into the plans of the powers that be at La Liga giants Real Madrid to combat the club’s hit-and-miss recent stretch of form has been provided on Thursday.

The info comes courtesy of the reliable Mario Cortegana of The Athletic, who has confirmed that CPAP masks are set to be reintroduced as a regular feature in Real Madrid’s training sessions.

CPAP, or continuous positive airway pressure masks are used to analyse endurance and fitness levels on an individual basis.

From here, tailor-made plans can be put in place for each and every member of Carlo Ancelotti’s squad, in an effort to achieve maximum physical capacity for the final months of the campaign.

‘The masks have been extensively used by head of physical training Antonio Pintus in recent pre-seasons to record and analyse players’ oxygen and carbon dioxide levels’, it is added.

This fresh push comes amid ‘concern’ within the camp at Valdebebas, amid a run of just four wins from eight for Real.

Los Blancos’ latest showing, against RB Leipzig on Wednesday night, sparked particular worry, with Ancelotti and co. having frankly been lucky not to be sent packing from the Champions League in the round-of-16.

Conor Laird | GSFN

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