Højbjerg: France trip is ideal

By SFC Media Tue 25 Jul Pre-season
Photo by Matt Watson | Pierre-Emile Højbjerg

Pierre-Emile Højbjerg believes Southampton's intensive week in France will help bring the team even closer together ahead of the new Premier League season.

Saints are currently away in Évian-les-Bains for their second camp of the summer, following the visit to Austria earlier this month.

Højbjerg and his teammates have already been putting in a significant amount of work on the training pitch, with the trip set to culminate in Saturday's match against Saint-Étienne.

"It's always good to be together in an intensive way," said the midfielder. "We get first of all to get some details and some relationships in the new way the coach wants to see us.

"We get to train on that and get closer to each other. That is the whole meaning of it – to improve and to take the next step.

"It's always good for the team to be together in a good surrounding and a good atmosphere.

everybody is on their toes, everybody is sharp, everybody is very motivated.

pierre-emile højbjerg
saints midfielder

"We get nice food, we have a nice hotel, the training pitch is lovely – we've just got to do hard work and serious work. Everything is lined up, and that is, of course, for a player very nice, but in the end we need to do the work on the pitch to feel well off it and I think we're doing that.

"But we need to do even more and even better, because we are not just satisfied with where we are now. We can take many steps."

Højbjerg also explained that he has enjoyed the first few weeks with new manager Mauricio Pellegrino.

"Of course, every time that there is a new face coming to you and coaching you it gives an impulse – everybody is on their toes, everybody is sharp, everybody is very motivated to make a good impression," he said.

"That is the normal human reaction, but I have to say the work has been good. My impression of the coach has been positive, so we've just got to keep going. Every day we've got to do a little bit to make the big steps and that is what we are doing."

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