Date: 30th July 2015 at 8:03pm
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Manager Graham Alexander has said that Friday’s game against Getafe will pose a different set of questions for our youngsters and new signings and he’s looking forward to seeing what the game produces.

Having returned to Highbury for the Burnley friendly, we now close our pre season preparations down with the game against La Liga Getafe and speaking to the Official Site ahead of the game, Alexander explained.

‘It`s a little bit of a different opponent to the norm but it will once again be a tough match. They are a good team and they are a La Liga side. It will be another important lesson for our young players. You can build up their confidence by playing easy games but then when the season starts they will have a big shock to their system.’

Building on his post Burnley words about wanting to test and push the players he went on to say that we’ve designed pre season this year to increase steadily the pressure and intensity and he feels it’s worked well for the squad.

‘What we have wanted to do throughout pre-season is show them how tough it will be and get them right up to speed and this is how you have to recover between each game to get ready for the next one. They are learning that day by day. Results don`t count at this stage. Jose Mourinho was saying the other day about it being a false part of the year and it is. It is about preparing your players, preparing them physically, tactically and mentally.’

With that progress, improvement and learning curve being addressed on the training pitch, he remains very confident we’ll be a good shape come August 8.

With new signing Jimmy Ryan making his first appearance in our shirt at Highbury on Tuesday as well, he did his own interview ahead of this game and said he’s relishing the test it will be for us.

‘Getafe are a La Liga side for a reason and have very good players, so it`s going to be interesting to see what they`re like. We won`t come up against players like that this season, so it`s a good task for us and something different to what we`re used to. Burnley on Tuesday night was a very tough task. For a lot of the game we did well, especially on the ball. We created a lot of chances and can take a lot of positives out of the game, and hopefully we can get another good performance on Friday.’

With it being his first taste of the home fans so to speak, he went on to say.

‘I was very pleased to get my first game under my belt at Highbury. It`s a lovely stadium and a lovely pitch so I`m just looking forward to playing there more often. I`m really enjoying myself so far. I look forward to coming to work every day as there`s a good set of lads here. We haven`t won any games during pre-season but the games have been tough. The fans probably don`t realise the amount of training we`ve done.’

Because of that training he goes on to add that the team probably haven’t been as fresh for the friendlies as they or the manager would’ve liked, but the hard work now will definitely pay dividends when the season kicks off for real and then with results counting, that’s when victories take on an importance.


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