Top-scorer Zlatan Ibrahimovic is suspended, while Wayne Rooney, Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial are all sidelined. It means Marouane Fellaini could play as a makeshift forward.Kick off at Stamford Bridge is at 7.45pm with the semi-final draw taking place immediately afterwards.
Heat team members will gain exclusive access into the Power’s inner sanctum, with an exclusive once in a lifetime opportunity as part of the TFSA High Performance program – the Heat Elite.Players will be treated as if it’s their first day of pre-season at the Club, with Touch Football South Australia’s State Operations Manager, Tim Wyld, saying that the players are looking forward to the experience. “We’re just trying to offer something different to our players as part of their High Performance program, to give them an understanding of what it’s like to be in an elite training environment. I’m really pleased that the Power has come to the party and given them the full exclusive session that they would do for their players, so they are not really changing too much of it,” Wyld said. “They’re basically getting treated as if it is the first day of an AFL pre-season, so they are going to report to the headquarters and get tested. Everything they’ll do is tested and comparisons made to where they need to be, so for them to have access to that is a huge advantage we think.”Players will report to training and undergo a hydration test before heading to the Club’s lecture room for a welcome and introduction conducted by PAFC fitness coaches. Players will then receive the results of their hydration tests and tips in maintaining appropriate levels of hydration.From there it’s out on to the oval for a yo-yo test (physical fitness) before an AFL pre-season conditioning session, complete with GPS player tracking and results data analysis.This will then be followed by recovery involving ice baths and stretching, utilising the latest trends in sports science. Finally players will assemble in the clubs lecture theatre for a de-brief and question and answer session.This is the second week in a row that the Heat Elite have had the opportunity to learn from leaders of other sports, following a session with Australian Beach Volleyball coach, Mick Nelson, last weekend. The players had the opportunity to hear about preparation, team dynamics and delivering in big games from Nelson, with Wyld saying that the players received great benefit from hearing him speak. “He basically made some comparisons to our sport and his, being an Olympic Beach Volleyball coach, saying that the Australians on an international stage are a small competitor and there is obviously Brazil and the USA which are the two dominant bodies. He talked about what they can do, and what we can do as a small state to gain a competitive advantage over some of the more dominant rivals that we have, what we can do differently to those that gives us a chance. We might not be able to beat them, but it gives us a chance and an opportunity to compete with them, so that was really good.”“They sat down after and did some goal setting and working out what their competitive advantage was based on the feedback and insights that he provided so that was really good, and I guess that we’re expecting similar sort of motivation to stem from this weekend,” Wyld said. Stay tuned to the Touch Football South Australia website, to hear how the Heat players fare on their day as ‘Power players’ – www.touchsa.com.au