The Rams won their last game 1-0 last weekend against Northampton, but manager Paul Clement wasn’t pleased with the manner of the display despite the friendly status.
Derby have made some big statements in the transfer market since the end of the last campaign and are under pressure to get off to a good start in just over two weeks.
“Paul told us at the end of the game that he was not happy with what he had seen,” he told the Derby Telegraph.
“We've got to take that on board and make sure that we are better.”
“We are going to spend a lot more time together than what we have over the last couple of weeks. These tours can be a key time.”
Pre-season isn’t about results
It is good to see Clement so passionate about the results and the performances of the football club, but pre-season games aren’t about the results.
They are more to do with things such as fitness and bonding ahead of the more serious action, where the intensity increases.
Hopefully as the side plays more together and spends more time together, the understanding between players will gradually improve.
Tweaking things for Clement
Pre-season games are also the perfect time for the manager to tweak things and experiment in terms of his tactics.
Clement has an opportunity to switch things around and try out more new ideas, but he has to accept that results could suffer as a result.
The most important thing is having a balanced and trusted system by the time of the first competitive game.