Clement explains the main aim behind pre-season for Derby

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Derby County manager Paul Clement has played down the significance of defeats for the club during pre-season.

Derby County manager Paul Clement has explained in the Derby Telegraph that he’s not prepared to let a negative mentality develop within his squad.

The Rams boss has now overseen his first game in charge of the side, which didn’t pan out as he would have been hoping as the Rams fell to defeat at the hands of Grimsby.

It’s not a significant setback for the club, but Clement is wary of allowing his players to get downbeat in the build up to the new Championship season.

“We are all competitive, so you always feel a bit flat when you haven't won but we don't get too down,” he told the Derby Telegraph.

“The aim of pre-season is to get the tactical ideas across and get fit for August 8. We are building to the Bolton game.”

Good practice for Clement

As Clement suggests, pre-season is not entirely about the results and more about tactics and raising the general fitness levels of the players.

It’s a good chance for the manager to take a step back, looking at his squad to judge the right sort of approach in terms of picking his players up following a negative defeat.

The Championship season is a very long campaign. There will be twists and turns along the way and it’s not always going to be a case of impressive performances and perfect form.

There will be spells where a defeat or two does come along and it’s during those periods that Clement is going to be tested in terms of how he can motivate his squad to get the best out of them.

If he masters the formula well then Derby’s chances of promotion will only improve.

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