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Pre-season a real test - Leds

Posted on 29 June 2009  - 12:00

Ledley King likes the way our pre-season is shaping up.

Pre-season a real test - Leds

Ledley King likes the way our pre-season is shaping up.

We have nine first team friendlies scheduled including competing in the Wembley Cup and the Barclays Asia Trophy in China.

We kick-off at Exeter City on July 15 and travel to Bournemouth (July 17) and Peterborough United (July 21) before the high-profile fixture against Barcelona in the Wembley Cup on July 24.

Our second game in the Wembley Cup is against Celtic on July 26 before we jet off to the Far East.

We kick-off in the Barclays Asia Trophy against West Ham on July 29 before facing either Hull City or Beijing Gouan two days later on July 31, both matches at the Worker's Stadium, Beijing.

We then travel to Hong Kong to take on South China FC at the Hong Kong National Stadium.

Our final friendly is against Olympiakos at the Lane on Sunday, August 9.

"It will be a test and that's what you want," stated Ledley.

"There is no point winning every game seven or eight-nil and then when you start the season, you have that sense of security, thinking things are perhaps better than what they are.

"What you need is a test against top-class players and we'll get that this summer. It's not just about winning in pre-season, it's about getting your performance right, tactics, fitness and making sure you're ready for the start of the season. That's all that really matters."