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"We know what we can do"

Ilori on Sheffield Wednesday test on Saturday

31 August 2018

Tiago Ilori spoke of his confidence in the Royals squad ahead of Saturday's match against Sheffield Wednesday at Madejski Stadium.

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He emphasised that home form is vital in the Royals' quest for a strong Championship season, hopefully beginning with a win against the Owls this weekend.

"Every game is a big one, it's a home game and we want to win every game, but being a home game it's a different importance," the centre-back said.

"Obviously we haven't got a win this season yet but it's early days, we're working towards it. We can see our progression every day in training, and I think in some of the games we've had good performances as well - we're working hard.

"The game against Aston Villa especially was a difficult game, a great result for us. We want to improve on it and win the next one, for sure."

With the arrival of John O'Shea in the window, along with Liam Moore and Paul McShane available in the central defensive department, Ilori says the competition for places will only drive the squad on.

"That's what we want, that's what's going to make the squad progress - having competition in every position," he explained.

"It's good to have competition in my position because it just pushes me further forward to improve, as it does with everyone else in the team.

"We've got a good side, a good squad so we just need momentum as well. Once we start winning, I'm sure that will happen."

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After Saturday's match, the players will have two weeks without competitive action on the pitch, so Ilori says a win will help the side going into the international break.

Whatever happens, though, he sees it as an ideal opportunity for the Royals to fine-tune their preparations ahead of the next run of games from mid-September.

"After a win it's always great, but to be honest either way we get time to work on the way we play. This is positive either way, we'll get two weeks to get a bit of a break and work on ourselves.

"It's just another way to improve, getting some good, solid training sessions in. It's difficult when you have two games in a week, you don't get to train as hard so this is just a way to improve things.

"We know what we can do and we know the results are going to come."

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