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Blackett on 'getting the basics right' in pre-season

Defender hopes to hit the ground running in August

9 July 2019

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Tyler Blackett says the busy nature of the Royals' pre-season schedule can form a good basis for a strong start to the season.

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José Gomes' squad will be playing the first of six friendlies on their Spanish training camp on Wednesday evening, against Gibraltar United FC (6.30pm kick-off BST).

With two successful training sessions under their belts, Blackett looked ahead to a busy tour to come.

"The manager’s worked us quite hard, it's expected as it's pre-season and that’s what we are here to do, to work and get as fit as we can for the season," he said.

"We all want to be playing games and getting back into it, and it's good we have good a lot of games and we're ready to go, we just need to get the basis right and the fitness good.

"Obviously, we want to play against the likes of Sevilla but, to be honest, games are games and we’re here to enjoy that.

"There are a lot of young boys here and it's good for them to get that experience as well, but we get on the same as everybody so it’s a good time for us.

"That’s the main focus, it’s nice that we're here but it’s about doing the work and doing it right, and be ready for when the season starts.

"It's always the most important time of the year, to get the basis of fitness there and obviously the game plan you want to take into the season, we must focus and do it properly."

Blackett is heading into his fourth season as a Royal, and he passed the 100-appearance mark for the club towards the end of last season.

The defender says under boss José Gomes, this training camp will alow the manager to put his ideas across to help set the Royals up for the season, alongside vital match minutes before the starting the campaign.

"It was a difficult period when he came, but he has pre-season and the full season to work so it’ll be better for the players as well," he continued.

"Getting through the 45, 60 or 90 minutes you’ll be playing. Doing the basics right before anything else is done really, get back into it and doing things properly.

"It’s a new season now so it’s a fresh start for everyone, you've got to go into the season how you want to take it the whole way through."

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