Lichaj explains his main focus at Nottingham Forest this season

Nottingham Forest defender Eric Lichaj says defending comes first over the first few weeks of the season.

Nottingham Forest defender Eric Lichaj told Forest Player that he’s not overly focused on his attacking role within the side ahead of the new season.

Lichaj was asked what his priority was during any pre-season period and he suggested that making sure his all-round defensive game was solid was the first thing he’d look to do to ensure that he can play effectively from the very first whistle of the new season.

“For me, this part of the pre-season is more about the defending. I’d rather get that part of it right and then work on my attacking as the season goes on because my job is defending as a full-back – If it’s helping the wide man, whether that’s Wardy or Michail or Burkey then I’ll do what I can,” he told Forest Player.

Build from the back

Nottingham Forest manager Dougie Freedman will want to see all areas of his team functioning effectively once the new season gets underway but it’s important that Forest look to build from the back.

The main aim over the first few weeks of the season needs to be keeping clean sheets, which will help to take a little bit of pressure away from the likes of Freedman, the Forest midfield and whoever the manager installs at the top of the team.

While Forest already have some very good wide and attacking options, there’s no need for Lichaj to focus in that area though he will have an extra role to play in terms of supporting attack once sides work out tactical ways to keep Forest’s key wide men quiet in big games.

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