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Kevin O'Connor wants to 'finish tour on a high'

B Team Head Coach looking for a strong performance against Inter Milan on Wednesday

23 October 2017

Kevin O'Connor spoke to iFollow on Monday morning, just before the first training session in the build up to Brentford B vs Inter Milan. The B Team Head Coach spoke about the tour, a visit to the San Siro and what to expect from Inter.

"It's been very good," said Kevin. "The facilities are exactly what we need, it's a lovely hotel. The weather has been good generally and the games have been a different challenge so, so far so good.

"I think I've said before, I think the squad are getting used to them. I think it's no longer a massive shock to the system. I think they are getting used to the games and the performances are slowly getting better and better. I think they have all reacted really positively to them."

Asked what Kevin gets from these tours that he might not get at home, he replied: "The experience. The experience of seeing different stadiums and seeing different training grounds. Getting the opportunity to potentially talk to other coaches, even though there is a language barrier at times. We see how they do things, the atmosphere around their training ground, how their players act and things like that."

The B Team were able to visit the San Siro on Sunday afternoon to watch AC Milan take on Genoa in Serie A. Kevin felt that his staff and players got a lot from that game.

"It was amazing," he said. "Our boys are so lucky with the experiences they are getting. Going to the game yesterday, even though the game itself wasn't the best game, going to the San Siro and seeing what goes on around the stadium was fantastic. We are very lucky in that respect."

Brentford B take on Inter Milan on Wednesday afternoon, their final match of the tour in Italy. Kevin expects another good contest for his squad.

"Obviously I think it will be really hard. We'll have a couple more players flying out today so we'll have a few more numbers. We've lost a couple of players through injury or concussion, so it'll be a really tough game and I'm hoping we can finish the tour on a high.

"Like I say, it's been really good so far and whatever happens in the game I think the tour has still been a massive success."


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