It all starts against Ligue I runners-up Bordeaux at Stade Olympique d'Albertville this evening followed by Nice at Stade Municipal d'Evian on Friday night. Both games kick-off at 7pm local time (6pm UK).
Ã¢â‚¬Å“This is very good opposition and itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s similar to the Peace Cup in South Korea last summer,Ã¢â‚¬Â said Chris, recalling the successes against the likes of Real Sociedad, Boca Juniors and Lyon.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“We expect difficult games and thatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s why weÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve picked this opposition.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“All three games out here are against top-quality sides (the third is against Celta Viga) and we feel, at this stage, they represent a thorough test for us.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“We also believe weÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll be a match for them all and at the end of the day, all the good things we think about them theyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll think about us as well.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“For us, the most important thing is that the lads come through the games okay, build up their fitness and donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t pick up injuries.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“With the UEFA Cup in mind playing against European opposition is something we want to get used to. These games can only be good for us.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Here are our friendlies in France Ã¢â‚¬â€œ all kick-off at 7pm local time (6pm UK)...
July 13 v Bordeaux in Stade Olympique d'Albertville, France.
July 14 v Nice at Stade Municipal d'Evian, France.
July 18 v Celta Vigo at Stade Municipal d'Annecy, France.
Chris Hughton welcomes the tough double-header that kicks-off our pre-season friendly campaign in France on Thursday and Friday.