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Hungary: Coaches give their verdict on week away

Ben Chadwick and Allan Steele talk about Training Camp in Telki, Hungary

14 July 2017

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B Team Coach Allan Steele and Analyst Ben Chadwick spoke to iFollow on Thursday afternoon to talk about the squad's trip to Hungary. The pair both discussed the positives from this week, the 4-0 win over Gyor and reflected on the team trip to Budapest.

Ben started out by explaining how much these tours can bring the players together.

"One of the most important things is the new players getting to know the group," said Ben. "I think they've integrated quite well, you know they're stuck in a room with new people.

"We get more time with the players because they'r in more. At home they're in at half nine, away by half three. Here we have them all day, so it's the little conversations you can have to give them more details here or more details there."

Allan, who doubles up as Brentford's Education and Welfare Officer, added; "I think the first thing for us all is that they come over, continue to work on their fitness and get to know the group. They get to know the staff, get to know each other but ultimately to bond as a group.

"I think all in all the week's been superb, and a massive thanks to everyone who has been involved. That's the staff who are still back at home, to the staff who are out here, the players, their families and the hotel as well."

Brentford B started their 2017/18 pre-season with a convincing win over Hungarian second division team ETO Gyor on Tuesday. Neither coach thinks that too much can be read into the result at this early stage of the season.

"We've only played one game," said Ben. "The game was good but I think this group could do really well this year.

"It went almost as well as your first pre-season game could go. It wasn't a walk over, the opposition were a decent side for a First Team that were older than us. We were much better than them.

"There were things that could be improved don't get me wrong, our structure and high pressing for example. That's something the new players need to get used to and the players from last year have to help with."

"We got everyone through it, which was good," added Allan. "I think conditions were great, the opposition were perfect as well. The way they played was physically demanding and tactically demanding, but we're not necessarily looking at the performance. Ultimately, we were looking at the way the boys worked together as a group and to get them minutes."

On Wednesday, as part of their recovery programme, the players and staff took a trip to Budapest. The capital city of Hungary, just a few miles from The Bees' training base in Telki, was a day out enjoyed by everyone, including Ben and Allan.

"It was good to get out," said Ben. "It helps with their relationships and to get the players talking about something other than football.

"It was nice to get away and have a meal outside of the training ground and it was a nice day."

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