Andy Rinomhota spoke of the progress the Royals have been making while in Spain, as their first week of training comes to a close.
An enticing friendly against Spanish giants, Sevilla awaits on Saturday evening, and Rinomhota reflected on the hard work that Reading have put in so far.
"It's been a good first few days of training, it's been quite tough with the heat and humidity," he said at their Estepona training base.
"I think it's been a good test for us, and hopefully it'll get us ready for the start of the season.
"Sevilla are a top side, they've been in top competitions, they've got a lot of experience so it'll be a good test for us to see where we are at this stage of pre-season.
"It'll be good for us to do our fundamentals and try our style of play against some top opposition.
"We take every friendly as if it's a 'proper' game, but because you know this is going to be a tough test, you get a little bit more excitement.
"You may take more away from it than you would against lesser opposition in friendlies. We've got plenty of games out here, and even when we get back we still have two more, and one of them is Chelsea.
"It'll be another tough test but it's good to see where we are ahead of the start of the season."
As part of the extended two-week tour of Spain, Rinomhota says he is enjoying the time to really get to learn what José Gomes expects of his side heading into the new campaign.
"The manager came in midway through last season, he didn't have too much time to get his ideas across because of the situation we were in.
"Now he's got more time, he's really trying to get his point across. All the players have adapted to that well, you can see that in the way the pre-season friendlies have gone so far. Hopefully we can continue to do that.
"The manager has got a lot of knowledge and he's keen to pass it on to everyone. We've got a lot of youngsters here now, so it's even better for them.
"He's such a key help to them, he'll be influential for them this season."