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Dynamo Nagy powering through schedule

With the season in full swing, it’s a busy time for any player…just ask Ádám Nagy.

The midfielder has been ever present in City’s last three games against Huddersfield Town, Cardiff City and Derby County – with City claiming wins in each of those fixtures – as well as helping Hungary qualify for the delayed Euro 2020 Championships.

That’s six games in 19 days.

Nagy was called up to the starting XI late against the Terriers after Tyreeq Bakinson was forced out through a severe headache. But Nagy, whose game time had been limited to that point, has taken his opportunity.

 

He explained: “It was a tough period when I couldn’t get into the squad but every player has to deal with it at some point. You have to keep working hard, keep your mouth closed and work hard for that opportunity. When it comes, it’s whether you can take it and earn a position in the starting XI.”

He has played every minute since, saying: “It's the best thing a player can do” with his next opportunity on Wednesday night against Watford.

But away from the Sky Bet Championship, Nagy was also important to Hungary, earning their spot at next year’s Euros, where he hopes to play in front of his nation’s own supporters.

“It’s a huge thing for the country,” said Nagy, who has 44 appearances for the Hungary national team. “This is our second time of qualifying in a row. Before that it was 30 years of not qualifying so it’s big for the national to qualify and we will play two games in Budapest so that is unbelievable.”

With so much football in recent times, and an average of three games a week over the winter period, Nagy knows the importance of balancing play and recovery.

He explained: “When you keep playing and winning especially, you don’t feel so tired mentally or physically tired because you’re buzzing to be playing and keep winning,. It’s been two-and-a-half weeks of so many games though so I’m doing everything I can to get enough rest, sleep, eat well and recover as fast as possible.”

In terms of recovering off the pitches, he says he enjoyed playing Playstation - when he’s allowed - as well as reading and Sudoku.

“Sudoku is usually what my grandparents do but I like it - it helps me to switch off and relax!” he said.

“I’m also cooking. We have a lot of help from the team providing us meals but I’m trying to cook for myself for dinner. I think my favourite is a traditional Hungarian food but it’s not so good for an elite athlete. I keep it simple with rice, chicken and lots of vegetables. It’s what I need to recover faster.”

And after Saturday’s win against the Rams, preparations have been on the visit of the Hornets to Ashton Gate on Wednesday night (7.45pm KO). It pits two teams flying high in the play-off positions in what will be a test for Dean Holden’s men against recent top flight opposition, battling to return to the Premier League at the first of asking.

Looking ahead to the contest, Nagy said: “It’s going to be a massive game, this week is crucial and important for us because we are where we want to be. We want to earn promotion for the Premier League and these are the game we have to take on and win so we have to be confident, play our style and the results will follow.”

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