Clement is pleased with the way his players are improving their fitness levels ahead of the new Championship season, but he’s picked out two areas where he wants to see refinement and consistency over the next couple of weeks.
“We are getting fit but we need improvement in the quality of our play and the decision making,” he told dcfc.co.uk.
“It’s a building process, day by day and game by game, so we’re ready for the start of the Championship season.”
“It is a very concentrated period of time together; meal times, in the gym and also in training too as well as the matches.”
Is Clement being too critical?
There is an argument to suggest that the Derby boss is focusing too much on performances in pre-season.
Pre-season games are more about fitness and a team gelling together but there is theory in Clement taking a stick approach to the squad.
If he drills certain ideals and values into his players now, they will be right on edge by the time the more serious action starts to come thick and fast.
Clement will be well aware of the need for the club to get off to a good start in the Championship and he’s trying to give the players a push in the right direction.
If Derby can establish a position near the top of the table early on, they can look to build a gap and prevent a repeat of the slide which developed when the team was in a good position last time round.