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Van den Berg on making the most of the international break

22 March 2017

Joey wants the Royals to come back refreshed ahead of an important run-in

Royals midfielder Joey van den Berg says the squad will try and make the most of the international break with a few members of the team leaving for duty with their countries over the next few days.

For those not called into international action, Van den Berg believes it is important to use the time in order to rest and prepare for what will be an intense run-in for the Royals in the coming weeks.

“It is very good for us at this stage of the season to have a little break in-between a lot of games,” admitted the Dutch midfielder. “Hopefully we get positive feelings from a short break and bring them back to get April and May going again in the right way.

“I’m going back to Holland for a couple of days over the international break.” Joey continued. “It is very good to be able to go home for a short amount of time and see family and friends again.”

After a big win against Sheffield Wednesday last Friday the Royals head into the international week on a high, with another big game on the horizon against Leeds this time in front of a home crowd at Madejski Stadium.

When the players come in for training over the week Joey believes the team will be able to thrive on the pressure, which will inevitably be starting to build in the run-in towards the end of the season, saying it is something that he personally really enjoys and relishes.

“I like the pressure and I hope everyone in the squad does.” said Van den Berg. “The pressure makes you even stronger as a player and makes you play even better. It helps you get more out of yourself, so I know that if feel pretty good with pressure!

“I’m confident we can come and do well after the international break, as I said before it’s up to us to work hard. We need to stop talking about it and act, like we did in Sheffield last Friday.”

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