With Final Four approaching, contenders ready to put in the work during Holy Week
The grind doesn't stop for the UAAP men's football contenders.
For most people, the Holy Week is usually a time for rest and relaxation. A break from the everyday hustle and bustle of work and school.
Not so much for the student athletes of the UAAP, especially now that the Final Four is fast approaching.
In the men's football tournament, Ateneo de Manila, University of the Philippines, Far Eastern University and University of Santo Tomas have all locked up spots in the Final Four, and won't be taking too much time off during the break.
For top-seeded Ateneo, they'll be having one more match before getting ready for the Final Four, and it's no cakewalk, as they'll be taking on FEU. Head coach JP Merida says that They'll be putting in the work to prepare for the former back-to-back champions.
"Of course, as a Filipino kailangan mo talaga i-respect yung Holy Week, pero we're in the season, I think we need to sacrifice, we need to take Tuesday and Thursday off lang, yun naman talaga yung plan namin eh. It's hard to take three to four days off, and then play against FEU. We need to prepare them against FEU."
Finally back in the semis after missing out last year, best believe that the Tamaraws are looking to go all the way once again, and senior midfielder Paolo Bugas doesn't expect to be taking too many days off during the Holy Week.
"Hindi naman namin ineexpect na mag-babakasyon kami kasi mag-sesemis na eh. Siguro one day off tapos balik sa training, mas okay na yung prepared kami before semis."
After locking up the fourth seed with a win over FEU and De La Salle's loss to Ateneo, UST will be getting some well-deserved rest during Maundy Thursday and Good Friday, but come the weekend, it's back to the grind as they get set to close out the season against DLSU.
"Nirerespeto namin yung Holy Week eh, so ibig sabihin Thursday, Friday off, and then magte-training kami." said UST head coach Marjo Allado.
Top-seeded Ateneo likely be taking on fourth-seed UST, while second-seed University of the Philippines meets Far Eastern University in the semifinals of the UAAP Seaosn 79 men's football tournament.