Domenico Tedesco: A really great squad

With a 1-0 win over SCO Angers and a day for reflection after the game, the Royal Blue’s training camp draws to a close on Monday 6th August. Domenico Tedesco has drawn a positive conclusion after just over a week in Hohe Tauern. “The days were very intense but we can go home with a really positive outlook“, said the coach.

“For the remaining two weeks before the start of the season we will continue fine tuning our play in Gelsenkirchen”, he explained. An important step here is the upcoming match against ACF Fiorentina on Saturday 11th August in the Veltins-Arena. “We’re looking forward to coming home and with the match against Florence we’ve got another really good endurance test ahead of us.”

On the whole a good test against Angers

The 32-year-old explained that the insight gained from friendlies is significantly more important than the actual result. Nevertheless, the manager was very pleased with the victory over Angers. “Many things that we we’ve struggled with recently were discussed in Mittersill and focused on in training. Some of these you could see in the game against Angers”, the coach stated. “Despite the heavy legs after the past few days the boys gave a decent performance. In the coming weeks the necessary liveliness for matches will be easier to muster up.

This was a special one for the Knappen’s fringe players, as the squad were without nine players due to fatigue. “In these situations we can thank our impressive squad depth. Despite the difficulties, we set up for the game positively. That also gave us a good feeling at the end of the training camp”, explained Tedesco. Luckily the coach will not have to be without the injured players for long. “You could say that we were both lucky and unlucky. The boys are only slightly injured, nothing horrible has happened.”

Almost like brothers

The inner workings of the team also received complementary comments from the coach. “Not only is our squad great in a sporting sense, but also as people as well. We already showed our tremendous team spirit last year“, Tedesco enthused.

This was shown very clearly following a training session in which Franco Di Santo was criticized by a fan. “The boys chanted Francos name for over a minute, whilst singing and dancing. That showed the character and the team spirit in this team. If someone came into the changing rooms, many would think that they were brothers.”

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