The curtain is just about to fall on another season of European football, with the odd league here and there still to be decided before cup competitions draw to a close over the next fortnight.
Some of the biggest games of the entire season are about to take place and, just like fans saw in last year's Champions League final, it will be a make or break scenario for some of the best players on the planet.
While a player's general ability is already set in stone, sports psychologist Dan Abrahams has explained how certain pre-match rituals can help reduce performance anxiety – with Watford facing the biggest game of their season in the FA Cup final this weekend.
"A player can manage their stress levels by speaking to themselves: 'OK, stop. This is a big game, but all I’ve got to do is stick to what I usually do. I can’t force a great performance or guarantee a great result. I’ve just got to focus on what I can control.'
"There’s an increase in blood flow to the front part of the brain and a greater amount of oxygen-rich blood flowing around your body," says Abrahams.
"Players also release hormones such as testosterone and adrenaline - the building blocks of power, strength and speed - as well as dopamine - your interest chemical - and endorphins, which are your feel-good chemicals, in the appropriate amounts.
"That would result in a player being quicker to anticipate, make faster and maybe more accurate decisions. They will be quicker, stronger and more explosive."
Source : 90min