UD Almería is now well immersed in the LFP World Challenge Tour. The Andalusian side got their second day in Thailand started off with a morning training session in the SGC Stadium’s facilities in order to prepare for the match against Muangthong United FC, which will be played on 30 July, at 14:00 CET.
Francisco Rodríguez, well aware that his team is up against one of the strongest sides in the Thai Premier League, focused on fitness work underneath the gruelling heat. "We will be looking to ensure that we do a good job of representing Spanish football and Almería. We have just started our pre-season training and there’s a long way to go until we’re 100%, but we are hoping it will be a good match and that it stands to us at the beginning of the season", declared the Spanish manager during his packed out press conference.
In light of the interest shown by the media outlets present regarding Teerasil Dangda’s role in the game, Francisco clearly stated, "he will be in the starting XI. He is very happy. He is really excited to be playing and to be here. He is extremely happy and as a result, so are we".
Midfielder Miguel Ángel García 'Corona' also outlined the Thai forward’s qualities as a player. "He has a lot of potential and skill. He has a great attitude and has adapted quickly to training. He moves a lot for a forward and for central midfielders, like myself, that makes life a lot easier", the UD Almería captain explained.
Meanwhile, the Thai star admitted that he is still adapting to the coach’s methods and life on and off the field, although he highlighted that he feels very much at home with UD Almería. "I will try to do my work bit by bit. I don’t want to think about how many goals I’m going to score over the course of the season. I want to play well and help the team", concluded Teerasil.
The Andalusians returned to training in the evening, this time in the SCG Stadium, which will be the venue for their match against Muangthong United. The local media has closely followed the team ever since they landed on Thai soil.