Clement has explained that it’s important the squad works together and retains its strength over the course of a very long season, with a good start not the be all and end all of everything the side is trying to achieve.
The boss has also provided an insight into what he’ll be looking to work on in training with the team for the rest of the week.
“One of the things I will be saying to the players is the importance of the squad itself. The season isn’t going to be won on the first day at Bolton,” he told dcfc.co.uk.
“We’ve got five days of training going into the game this weekend and we want five good days, because the work and preparation isn’t done by any means. There’s a lot to work on; physical preparation, tactical work and analysis on the opposition.”
Credit to Clement over the squad
The boss does deserve credit for the way he’s improved the squad already this summer.
He’s fashioned an opportunity for the Rams to stay effective during difficult periods, where they struggled in terms of not having certain players available last year.
It’s very important that when the team suffers a bad injury to a key player, there is a ready made and top quality replacement ready to come in and that’s the situation the boss has created.
Clement also deserves some credit for his no nonsense approach to the following week.
He’s taking nothing for granted ahead of the first game against Bolton and seems to be developing a mentality to preparing for big games which will be important for the next year, not just the next few weeks.