De Boer Praises Training Ahead Of Liverpool
Manager Frank de Boer has praised the efforts of the players in training as we go into the game against Liverpool this weekend.
With a disappointing opening day loss to Huddersfield Town at Selhurst Park, de Boer told Crystal Palace FC that he'd been pleased with the response of the players as training had been very sharp this last week as we prepared for our trip to Anfield.
'We did the usual thorough post-match analysis on the Huddersfield game and training has been really sharp this week and hopefully the negative influences of a 3-0 defeat have gone away. We now face Liverpool in what will be a very difficult game but we will try our best to get the best result possible and of course over the last three seasons this club have had very positive results there.'
With Jurgen Klopp's side facing a Champions League clash in midweek, de Boer didn't believe that would have an impact, especially at this early stage of the season.
'Liverpool have fantastic players and they are able to deal with three games in eight days. They started last week with one point and now go into this game and will be looking to get three points at Anfield. It will be a very strong team we are going to face and they are very dangerous in attack. Klopp has selected the players to capitalise on winning the ball in key areas.'
Reflecting back on Huddersfield he did know there were some positives he could take from the game, but it had certainly been a good learning curve.
'The strength of this club is that the fans are very supportive of the team and they know that everything is not going to change in one day as it all takes time. We took some very positive things from the match last weekend and we had some chances of our own during the game but we can do much better and hopefully it will change round for us very soon.'
He did however say that he wouldn't make wholescale changes following the defeat as he's pleased with how the players have taken things on board this week.
'I am not a manager who suddenly after a defeat decides to change things around and as I say I did see some very positive points so I am not going to change the system. We don`t need to use adapting to a change in style of our play as an excuse, it's not so difficult and quite easy to play.'
'The Premier League is so competitive that you have to work hard as a team to get a result because if you don`t you get punished. The players don`t want to use the new system as an excuse and I think everybody understands what we want but we have to execute it better.'