Week begins with fitness tests and Castan comes through first session

Sampdoria kicked off their second week of pre-season with an intensive programme of tests and training on Monday.

Marco Giampaolo’s squad began with cardiopulmonary exercise tests in the morning.

In the afternoon the team did fitness work followed by drills on technique and tactics on the top pitch at the Centro Sportivo Mugnaini before rounding off with a mini-tournament.

Leandro Castan wasted no time in getting stuck into training on his first day at the club.

Another double dose of training awaits the Blucerchiati on Tuesday.