City striker says Swiss trip has proven hugely beneficial to first-team squad...
SAIDO BERAHINO believes the Potters testing first 10 days back in training will stand the side in good stead for the forthcoming 2017/18 Premier league campaign.
The Potters take on AS Monaco in their third pre-season friendly in Switzerland this afternoon, having already beaten both Neuchatel Xamax and BSC Young Boys in the Uhrencup earlier in the week.
Speaking to Stoke City+ ahead of today’s encounter against the French Champions, Berahino spoke positively about the Potters’ week long stay on Lake Geneva.
“It’s been good to be fair and all the boys have worked really hard all week,” he said.
“The international boys, who returned later than the rest of us, joined in full training with us on Friday so we were able to get the full group together for the first time, which was important.
“The first two games were really beneficial, and we managed to get wins too, and of course, the work we have put in on the training pitch has been beneficial too.
“It’s about getting the rhythm back really and ticking over, and we have been able to do that.”
He added: “Now, we have another really tough game, but we want to go out there and try to end the trip on a high!”
The 23-year-old believes boss Mark Hughes has put together a perfect pre-season training schedule, citing the regular use of footballs in sessions as something that will undoubtedly aid the group.
“Any footballer that you ask, they don’t just want to just run about, they also want to have the ball at their feet and play, which is what we do on a matchday.
“We have been doing that out here, but at the same time we have been doing plenty of running too.
“It’s all been really good to be honest, the manager, his staff and the sports science department have found a good balance, and that has helped make this a really worthwhile trip.”