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Fulham prepare in Luxembourg

last updated Tuesday 10th July 2001, 10:29 AM
Fulham's squad preparation for the new season, under the supervision of Manager Jean Tigana, Assistant Manager Christian Damiano and Fitness Coach Roger Propos has advanced into the second phase.

There will now be a week in a Luxembourg training camp where the squad will be put through their paces in preparation for three pre-season friendlies in the next 10 days,13/07/01 Nancy, 17/07/01 Sparta Prague and Celtic on 20/07/01. (full fixture list /schedule)

Assistant Manager Christian Damiano explained the decision to take the squad abroad and the approach to pre-season training:

"It is an interesting change for the players to train in another country. We have a long pre-season in front of us so it's important to change the surroundings for the players to help them keep focused and work hard."

"Coming back from the summer break and straight into a training regime can be psychologically trying for some players. It is for this reason that a change of scenario can prove to be beneficial in providing players with a fresh outlook to the forthcoming season."

"The first three friendly matches are good preparation for us. It is a very interesting situation because we now have a more difficult division in front of us and we need to play teams of higher quality to prepare properly." Damiano explained

Looking back on last year's friendlies against the like of Brentford and Barnet, Damiano revealed the reasons for selecting those matches and how the squad's needs have changed this season:

"Last season the situation was different, we needed to build confidence in the squad. The players needed time to adjust to a new system. Now the players know how we want them to play, we have to advance and make them adapt to better opposition."

Coverage of the first pre-season friendly against Nancy will start on Friday 13th July at 6pm UK time (7pm French time).

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