Crystal Palace supervisor Patrick Vieira mentioned on Thursday that the membership’s determination to not convey a number of first-team regulars on a pre-season tour of Singapore and Australia was not ultimate preparation for the upcoming Premier League season.
The Eagles face friendlies in opposition to Liverpool, Manchester United and Leeds United in Singapore and Australia within the subsequent week, however their 26-man travelling squad options solely 11 senior gamers and is essentially composed of children from the membership’s academy.
Vieira mentioned he hoped the expertise would assist develop the younger gamers in his squad.
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A number of Palace stars — together with Wilfried Zaha, Christian Benteke, Marc Guehi, Eberechi Eze and Cheikhou Kouyate — remained in London for home coaching and warm-up video games, with the membership saying they had been both not match or didn’t meet entry necessities for Singapore or Australia.
Talking forward of Friday’s match in opposition to Liverpool on the Nationwide Stadium in Singapore, Vieira mentioned his group had been making an attempt to make the perfect of the state of affairs.
“Clearly as a supervisor, the perfect preparation could be to have all of the gamers round. However I need to be clear that we’re very completely happy to be right here and making ready to play in opposition to Liverpool tomorrow and that is a part of the method that we would have liked to undergo,” he mentioned.
The Palace boss mentioned some gamers wanted to be left in London to “meet up with the coaching” or to play follow video games.
“So we now have introduced some younger gamers and I feel for them it is going to be an excellent expertise,” he mentioned.
The previous French worldwide mentioned a number of the youthful gamers within the squad had “travelled this far for the very first time”.
“How they’ll take care of the time distinction, the flights and the challenges we’ll face within the subsequent couple of video games will assist us to be taught rather a lot about them,” the supervisor added.
Palace captain Luka Milivojevic insisted that he and his teammates had been taking the problem of their stride as they construct as much as the beginning of the brand new marketing campaign subsequent month.
“We’re skilled soccer gamers and we’re right here to arrange ourselves in the very best means for the primary recreation of the season,” mentioned the Serbian midfielder.
Following their match in opposition to Liverpool, the travelling squad will face Manchester United in Melbourne subsequent week and Leeds in Perth on July 22.
The London-based gamers have video games in opposition to Ipswich City, Gillingham and Queens Park Rangers earlier than they hyperlink up with the remainder of the group to play a pleasant in opposition to French aspect Montpellier at Selhurst Park on July 30, every week earlier than the season kicks off.
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