Our keeper Simon Mignolet has come out and defended the club’s pre-season plans.
Some eyebrows were raised by fans yesterday after we revealed plans for another friendly – against Roma – in early August.
It means our pre-season schedule now has us playing eight games in 29 days, with an estimated trip length of 12,500 miles – way further than we’d ever expected to have to deal with over a season of European competition.
Luckily, the last game outside the UK is on August 2nd, giving us almost two weeks to recover and get over the jet lag.
Mignolet, however, believes it’ll be good for the players:
“The gaffer wants us to work really hard in preparation for next season to make sure we are fit and can deal with the intensity and his demands,” he said.
“We weren’t able to train much with all the games we played – the matches were like our training – so this gives him a chance to spend more time working on everything he expects from us.
“In the gaffer’s seven months here we’ve seen that we’re heading in the right direction and in pre-season he can put his stamp more so on us and implement his thinking more.
“Those games in the ICC against such big teams is the best sort of preparation. It will be a great workout and something to look forward to.” (via official site)