The Blues’ boss gave a number of young players a run out against the side who start their season next week, and said he was happy with the way his players responded to the physical challenge of playing a much fitter side.
“The game was more of a physical exercise than anything else,” he told evertontv. “It’s been a very successful week. We’ve accumulated a lot of work and that’s been exactly what we needed and it’s given us a very good platform. Today was just to get a run out and we gave everyone 45 minutes more or less.
“We were playing against a side who are one week away from the start of their season and that’s what we wanted – we wanted to push ourselves to the maximum from a physical point of view, and I thought we responded really well.
“There were many things where you could see the rustiness in our play but it was the culmination of an important week of work that is going to take us back to Finch Farm now, where we can carry on our preparations for the season.
“Today gave us a great opportunity to see the youngsters and other players and, all in all, it’s been a real success with no injuries.
“The experienced boys also had to show a real maturity in their play because it’s not easy when you’re playing as a group of 10 who have never played together before.
“I thought Darron [Gibson] did that really well, in the same manner as Phil Jagielka and Sylvain Distin did in each half.”
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