Swansea City's manager Paul Clement has revealed his thoughts on the success of the Swan's pre-season sessions held in the USA earlier this month.
Speaking to the club's official website, Clement declared the tour a success as the South Wales side prepare for their big Premier League kick-off on August 12.
He said: “I’ve learnt a lot more about my players. Spending ten days, 24-7 with them, I’ve learnt some things about them I didn’t know. I learned a lot about our team; what we need to work on and also about individual players.
“When we came away we had multiple objectives. One was to get the team conditioned so they would be ready in three weeks’ time. The second was to develop some tactical ideas by playing different formations and players in different positions. And finally to integrate the new signings into the team.’’
The former Bayern Munich coach also gave his two cents on how his team have progressed whilst discussing the pre-season, since he inherited the seemingly impossible job of performing the club's great escape last term.
“It’s a very different situation to when I came in last January,’’ confirmed Clement.
“We played Crystal Palace on my first day at the club, while three days later there was another fixture. There was no time to get to know the players, so this trip has proved a very valuable period for me.
“We also came here because we knew there were good facilities and we would be playing against teams that are fit and conditioned.
“When you come to this part of the world you know it’s going to be hot and humid, so that’s no excuse. But we had a good time there. The sessions have been hard and the games competitive. We will certainly benefit from it.’’