Fleming: We’ve prepared well

By SFC Media Fri 11 Aug Saints v Leicester

Craig Fleming believes Southampton Under-18s are prepared and ready to kick-start their Under-18 Premier League campaign today.

The Saints youngsters host Leicester City at Staplewood and Fleming feels that their rigorous pre-season preparation will stand them in good stead.

“It’s obviously what you build up for throughout pre-season and play all those games for,” started the Under-18s manager.

“We had a good pre-season and played some really good games against strong opposition, but it’s never quite the same – it’ll be good to get going in the league programme again.”

“We’ve played against a number of under-19 teams and also RB Leipzig and Inter Milan, where we got a good draw, so it’s been good preparation.”

Southampton will one against compete in the Under-18 Premier League competition, meaning they will pit their wits against a number of familiar foes.

And having faced Leicester three times last term, Fleming is confident his side will know what kind of challenge awaits them.

“it’s always a difficult game,” he continued.

“Leicester tend to be quite a strong and physical team with high energy, so it is always a good challenge playing against them.

“I’ve seen bits of them this pre-season and they look very similar so I am sure it will be a good test for our boys.”

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