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HUGHES ENJOYED 'GOOD TEST' IN SPAIN

14 July 2023

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HUGHES ENJOYED 'GOOD TEST' IN SPAIN

14 July 2023

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Mark Hughes praised his side’s ethic and determination, after City’s 3-0 defeat to La Liga side Getafe at the Oliva Nova Sports Center, at the end of an intense, warm week of training in Spain.

The Welshman insisted it was a good test for the 21 different Bantams who took to the field against Jose Bordalás’ Geta, and was proud to have been able to battle with a top division side, in challenging conditions.

“We enjoyed it - a good test in different conditions,” he said.

“In the first half, the weather did impact how we moved the ball around the pitch, but for the most part, it was really enjoyable to be a part of.

“In the second half, we were a lot better. Our shape was better, and we were more connected. 

“Sometimes, you cannot chase everyone down, so learning when to pick your moments, and when to press collectively, is a valuable lesson against this opposition.

“It has been a good week, and Getafe will be happy because we gave them a good battle.”

The City boss continued his analysis of the encounter, where City were backed by over 200 travelling Bantams, noticing his side’s concentration and ability to contain the Spanish outfit.

The 59-year-old lastly reflected positively on the Bantams' week in Spain, and is looking forward to build on two weeks of solid work in upcoming pre-season outings.

“More often that not, La Liga sides will always look to convert all the chances as they create, so for us to minimise that was important, and we did well to contain them at times,” he said.

“It has been a lot different to what we are used to. Of course, the weather has been testing, not just for the players, but for the staff organising the sessions.

“We will look forward to the games coming up, and this week has been a solid start to the preparations for the season.”


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