The Wolves completed their ninth and final training session of their camp in Austria on Friday ahead of their friendly against AS Monaco – third in France's Ligue 1 last season – on Saturday 24 July (kick-off 16:00 CEST). Team almost complete
Head coach Mark van Bommel now has nearly all of his first-team pool together in one place. While five of the team's six EURO 2020 participants arrived over the first couple of days in Bad Waltersdorf, the last representative – Kevin Mbabu – joined up with his team-mates on Wednesday. Moreover, three new signings Sebastiaan Bornauw and Lukas and Felix Nmecha all met their new colleagues for the first time in Austria. The only absentees from the training camp were Maximilian Arnold, who is at the Olympics with Germany, and Bartosz Bialek and William, who are both sidelined with long-term injuries.
"Worked on tactics a lot"
Van Bommel expressed his satisfaction with his charges' efforts in training, with some of the intensive sessions in Bad Waltersdorf lasting over two hours. "We had some pretty tough sessions and we worked on tactics a lot," said the Dutch coach. "The level is good. Obviously we still need to improve, but that's always the case. The most important thing is that the boys understand how we want to play."
EURO participants to play against Monaco
Apart from recent training camp arrival Mbabu, the players who took part at this summer's European Championship will be involved in Saturday's friendly with Monaco. "Of course we want to win every game, including here," said van Bommel. "But we also have to accept that yesterday was the first time we had everyone who's going to be involved in pre-season out on the training pitch. That's not meant as an excuse, it's just the way it is."
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