They serve no point apart from getting the players and management ready for the season.
and so dickheads on here could try to judge how our season will go by them and shout "I told you so" when Van Ginkel doesn't set the world alight in his first 10 minutes and it then fits in with their "He's no Fonzi replacement" agenda...of course if we'd won them all they'd all be the ones then telling us they mean nothing as they're only pre-season friendlies.
Chelsea haven't won a pre-season friendly within 90 mins as yet and just lost the Charity shield so i'm guessing their board is in meltdown with people calling for the head of Mourinho due to their impending relegation battle this season .....
you can tell people till you're blue in the face that they're there simply for general fitness and to get new players integrated into the squad mate but the usual suspects will conveniently ignore those common sensical posts if it gives them an extra stick to beat the same people with again....and again.....and again
Last Edit: Aug 5, 2015 14:46:43 GMT by mickmillslovechild - Back to Top
The Premier League "Sell As Many Over-Priced Replica Shirts in Asia Trophy" was always doomed to failure as we went over there without, erm, any shirts to sell. We certainly didn't go over there for footballing reasons did we! Oh, we did beat a very poor local side over there though.
Wrexham could now be a staple of the summer friendlies because of the manager's connections to the area.
Brentford was played because of the proximity to Heathrow airport for the French training camp that was to follow (& possibly as a part of the deal in signing the new keeper from FC Midtjylland as Brentford & the Danish side have the same owners).
Cologne was designed for us to play "top quality" European opposition in a more familiar climate. FC Porto certainly showed their class, however, it would be stretching the point to put Cologne in the same class. They are a team that finished last season 5 points above the Bundesliga relegation play-off.
We won't be invited back to Cologne for a long time after the behaviour of a small, but significant, number of Stoke fans though.
The funny thing is, if we'd have played Wrexham 5 times and scored 5 goals a game some here would be frothing at the 3rd eye at how good we are, we spent the majority of preseason playing quality sides with a mix/match starting 11 and didn't win, what a massive shock!
The pre season has been poor very poor, going all that way to Singapore is crazy then going Germany straight after is unthinkable.I know a lot of people are saying that building relations in asia is important and I don't doubt it but the players are going to be shagged for the first game on Sunday.The jet lag you get coming from Asia is unreal,I should know,it took me weeks when I got back from oz and I didn't fly to Germany straight after,just hope you know what you're doing mr Hughes.