Lallana: Friendlies Preparing Us Well

By SFC Media Wed 18 Jul Club

Adam Lallana says he is expecting a tough workout from Geneva-based side Étoile Carouge when they face Saints this evening.

The squad have been in France since Sunday evening, and will tonight hop the border into Switzerland for the first of two games due to take place during their time on the continent.

And, having found things tough against Anderlecht and Arsenal during last weekend's Markus Liebherr Memorial Cup, Nigel Adkins' men will be keen to pick up a result at Stade de la Fontenette.

"Anderlecht and Arsenal were top-quality oppositions at the weekend and, given they were our first games, it was tough but we need to play against these types of teams," Lallana told Saints Player.

"I'm sure the opposition this evening are going to be just as useful, so it's going to do us well and leave us in good stead towards our first game against Manchester City.

"Then we have another game on Saturday plus a couple more gym sessions and time out on the training field - it flies by, but it's good nonetheless."

This evening's game will take place at 7pm local time (6pm British Summer Time), meaning the sun should be beginning to set by the time the two teams kick off.

That will be good news given the squad's training sessions so far have taken place in glorious sunshine, leaving one or two members of the travelling party looking a little redder than usual!

"I need a bit of sun, so I don't mind if I get burned a little bit!" laughs Adam.

"I think it's good to adapt so that your body is used to working in this kind of heat because the first game of the season is always renowned to be blisteringly hot.

"The conditions back home have been terrible really, so it's nice to have a change of climate."

When they haven't been enjoying the sun or putting in work in the gym and on the training ground, the squad have found some time for some light socialising.

"It's nice to get away and concentrate on meeting your new teammates and extending the relationships with your current teammates," says 24-year-old Lallana.

"[Évian] is a good place to come and work hard - it's quite a quiet town where there isn't too much going on, and the facilities are brilliant.

"But there are nice places we can go for coffee after dinner, and we're got the table football and table tennis tables, which is always nice.

"There's a good bit of team bonding - I'm trying to improve Chappers (Richard Chaplow) day-by-day because he's my doubles partner but it's not working so I might have to change!

"It is good and it's something to do because, when you're not training, you want something to occupy yourself."

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