Youth Team Face Walsall In OpenerBlackpool Youth are in prime condition for the beginning of their title defence, according to Head of Coaching Richie Kyle.
The boss has been elated with the effort shown by his side in pre-season and fully expects them to get off to a good start against Walsall this weekend.
“The boys know what’s expected from them and they’re ready,” said Kyle. “Our last friendly was treated as out first game. We looked sharp and strong just as we’ve done in training which we’ll have to be, so I’m delighted.”
Walsall will provide the first test for the reigning champions, and Kyle was under no illusions how tough a game his side faces.
“It will be a very tough game; they were strong themselves last year so hopefully we can get three points and get another successful season off to a good start."
The Liverpudlian was fully aware of the pressure which comes with being champions but it’s something he and his side are relishing.
“We know we’re the team to beat after winning the league last year and the lads know everyone will be raising their game but if we keep doing what we’ve been doing and believe in our work we’ll do well.
“The ability to keep that winning mentality is important. We’ve got that instilled now in the camp, we have to go out and believe we can win every game, of course that’s tough but it was the foundation of our success last season.”
Kyle was keen to stress that despite a number of new faces, little had changed in the camp and that the high levels will be expected again.
“The similarity which stands out is the lads’ commitment to the cause, their willingness to learn and as a coach that’s crucial to know you’ll get 100% no matter what,” he said.
“We play out from the back, we play attacking, open football and we’re not afraid of possession. My lads always want the ball but equally they have an incredible work-ethic to get the ball back.
“If we need to mix it up and play in a different style we can do that as well, it’s important in the modern-day to be adaptable and not just stick to one style but they will always be well organised and know their roles.”
The match against Walsall takes place at Squires Gate on Saturday, kick-off 12pm.