Jaïdi encouraged by U21s’ fitness levels

By SFC Media time Thu 23 Jul FDSC

Southampton Under-21s assistant coach Radhi Jaïdi was happy with how his players played in their first game of pre-season.

Jaïdi took control of the team as they drew 0-0 against their Bournemouth counterparts at Staplewood on Thursday evening.

Despite being the dominant side the hosts could not find a breakthrough, but Jaïdi remains positive and believes there was more to the game than the result.

“We are not frustrated,” he told saintsfc.co.uk. “The target for this game was to give the boys an opportunity to have game time and of course to improve their fitness level and I think that target has been achieved.

“In terms of the game the boys have performed really well, they were all energetic, worked really hard and the attitude was great. Of course there are bits missing like the final product in the last third but you know that will come in the next week so we will do some work with them.

“It is only week three in pre-season and really it is pleasant to see a group of performers like that.”

Something at the heart of Saints’ strong display was the communication between the players on the pitch and Jaïdi added that the group of players have tremendous chemistry.

“The communication was good, it was one of the aspects we worked on and we are working on as well, but I think it is a good group as I said it is a good atmosphere, the individuals are really positives and they listen,” he added.

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