Markus Henriksen knows he and his team-mates are in for a tough week of pre-season training in Portugal.
The Norwegian international midfielder is currently away with the rest of the squad in the Algarve as they continue their preparations ahead of the 2018/19 campaign, and believes the camp will be of huge benefit come the start of the season.
“The first session was a quiet one after a long journey to come here that started at four in the morning on Sunday,” he said.
“It was a gentle session just to get our legs going again after the flight but we know it’s going to be tougher today (Monday) and for the rest of the camp.
“Everyone is feeling good and very positive though. The gaffer has a very clear programme of what he wants the players to be doing in training and it has been working.
“We are doing a lot of drills with balls, we actually haven’t done too much without a ball which has been very good for us.
“That is a positive and something which can help us because we want to be a team that controls games and enjoys having possession of the ball. To practice that in the pre-season is very important.”
The training camp will also see the Tigers kick-off their pre-season games programme with friendly fixtures against Portuguese sides C.S. Maritimo and S.C. Braga lined up for Tuesday and Friday and Henriksen is looking forward to being back in action out on the pitch.
“It’s going to be two tough games but it is always nice to play teams from a different country,” he added. “We will learn a lot from these games.
“It’s also an opportunity for everyone to impress the manager. We have a number of young lads with us on this trip and it’s good to see them get their chance – hopefully some of them can take it.
“We’re all looking forward to training hard, playing games and getting better in terms of our fitness levels in order to make sure we’re ready for the first game of the season against Aston Villa.”