Pre-season friendlies can often tell us very little about our side and how it’s progressing for the real battle ahead. As the campaign draws closer however, the matches seem to get tougher and our match against Valencia tomorrow night could be a good pointer as to how we are developing under AVB.
Villas-Boas himself is relishing the match.
“Now we face our toughest opponent in an away trip, so we’ll have a good understanding of how things are at the moment,” Andre said.
“A team that has changed the manager, a team that finds it difficult to compete with the two main Spanish clubs but is always up there in third or fourth and always qualifying for the Champions League.
“It will be a very good game for us to play.”
The main purpose of pre-season is to peak at the right time and Villas-Boas also believes we are on schedule to do that.
“There is still lots of time before the Newcastle game, we continue preparing and the most important thing is to arrive at that Newcastle game perfect fitness-wise, with three points in mind,” he concluded.