Clement explains what he thinks will happen in Derby's next friendly

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Derby County boss Paul Clement feels his team are going to get a tactical workout in their friendly against Utrecht later.

Derby County manager Paul Clement has told the club’s official website that he’s hoping the club’s friendly game against FC Utrecht this afternoon provides his team with a tactical test.

Clement has suggested that the Rams’ next opponents play a different tactical system to the ones the club have been encountering, which will force him and his players to think outside the box in terms of how they go about getting a win.

“Tactically it will be an interesting; I believe they play 3-5-2 so that will provide a different type of test,” he told dcfc.co.uk.

“We’ve been playing against 4-4-2 and 4-3-3 in pre-season to date so that will be interesting, as well as the step up in level as well.”

“The volume of training is high, as it is in this period, and we’re using variety in the training but with the same messages to the players.”

Important for the players to be able to adapt

It’s a significant match this afternoon because it’s one which is going to test out the ability of Derby’s key players in terms of adapting.

It’s important that they have an ability throughout the coming season to change things up and adjust to different tactical systems, which will be thrown at the side by their opposition.

If they can show they have enough intelligence in all key areas, they should be able to adapt quickly and ensure that the side isn’t vulnerable at any point during a big game.

Importance of a win

Derby have been building a mini-winning run with their friendly games and while the result of this game has no direct bearing in terms of a league position or a knock-out competition, it is important.

It’s important to the club developing a winning mentality which will be important when the more serious action gets underway in two weeks.

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