Judo, pilates and soon… basketball? Welcome to Valencia’s high performance training

Under the floodlights at Ciudad Deportiva de Paterna, groups of children are tumbling onto the turf or special mats under the watchful eyes of their coaches. Onlookers would have been bemused at the lack of footballs or drills at the evening training session. But Miguel Alonso will argue it has everything to do with becoming a footballer.

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