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Vieira rues lack of Crystal Palace first-teamers for preseason tour

Singapore, July 14, 2022 (AFP) – Crystal Palace supervisor Patrick Vieira mentioned 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 excellent 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 kids from the membership’s academy.

Vieira mentioned he hoped the expertise would assist develop the younger gamers in his squad.

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 have 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 workforce have been making an attempt to make one of the best of the scenario.

“Clearly as a supervisor, one of the best preparation could be to have all of the gamers round,” he mentioned.

“However I need to be clear that we’re very blissful 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.”

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’ve introduced some younger gamers and for them I believe 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 will 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 study so much about them.”

Palace captain Luka Milivojevic insisted that he and his teammates have 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 method for the primary sport 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 workforce to play a pleasant in opposition to French facet Montpellier at Selhurst Park on July 30, per week earlier than the season kicks off.

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