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Blues aim to keep 'growing' as a team

Pep Clotet
Pep Clotet

At the same time we will use these friendlies to be competitive and try to get on the front foot mentality we are working on and to help keep us growing as a team.

Pep Clotet.

Pep Clotet has praised the response of Blues players since he took to the helm.

Clotet said their focus and commitment to the cause made him very positive.

“I am very happy to see that all the players are very focused on the future of this Club," said Clotet, speaking to bcfc.com from the training camp in Troia, Portugal.

“They are focused on helping us to keep growing and building up on all the good things we did last season.

“We want to keep adding details and they have all showed a massive commitment and effort.

“The way they have acted here in Portugal and since we came back for pre-season, you can see it. Not just the focus they are putting on every session, but also on the technical, tactical, physical side of it and nutritional side of it.

“And the commitment they have been showing to themselves and their profession, I am very positive about it.

“We all know that we have a lot of things to improve. There is a long way yet.

“It is important we stay on that right track and focus on getting as fit as possible, using all the games we have in pre-season.

“At the same time we will use these friendlies to be competitive and try to get on the front foot mentality we are working on and to help keep us growing as a team.”

Blues begin their warm-up matches for the 2019/20 campaign in the Torneio Internacional Do Sado, Setubal, tonight.

They take on CD Cova Piedade in the opening game at the Estádio do Bonfim (8pm) - which will be live streamed on BluesTV.

Host side Vitoria Setubal entertain CD Cova Piedade on Friday at 8pm.

Then Blues face Vitoria Setubal on Saturday in the tournament closer at the Estádio do Bonfim (6pm).

Clotet said the players' physical condition will be taken into account when he selects his line-up.

Jonathan Grounds (calf) is not available and Cheick Keita (hamstring) is unlikely to figure, Corey O'Keeffe has a niggle while Maikel Kieftenbeld is, of course, a long-term absentee.

“These next two games I will take into account the physical aspect of it," said Clotet. "That’s the main detail.

“I also want to see a competitive side as well.

“We will also try and work on all the details we have been putting into the team on the training pitch and using those details to try and perform as well as possible.”

Admission to each Blues game has been priced at 10 euros by the tournament organisers.

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