Crystal Palace goalkeeper Julian Speroni was pleased to get his first 90 minutes of pre-season under his belt in yesterday’s victory over Philadelphia Union.
After playing the first half of the Eagles opening Stateside friendly against Columbus Crew, the Argentine became the first of Tony Pulis’ keepers to get a full match under his belt – and he took his opportunity by keeping a clean sheet in Palace’s 1-0 victory over the Pennsylvania outfit.
“It was a good game. These matches help you prepare not only physically but also mentally, so it was nice to have a full 90 minutes to help with that,” Palace’s No.1 said.
“I got a clean sheet too which was nice – in the new pink shirt!
“PPL Park was a great place to play. I love all the stadiums here, I love the fans and how passionate they are. You can see that football is getting bigger here, so it’s been a great experience so far.
“It’s interesting to see the different set-ups they have here and good to learn how other countries live football.”
Speroni, who recently celebrated his 10th anniversary in SE25, is pleased with the way his latest pre-season tour is panning out – and has been impressed the application of the squad and the way their fitness levels have progressed over the summer.
“Pre-seasons are all very similar,” Speroni said, “obviously you play in different places against different teams and they all have their own qualities.
“But at the end of the day, it doesn’t matter where you are or who you play, it’s pre-season and it’s all about fitness. Until we get to that first game of the season, it’s all about getting those fitness levels up and that’s what we’re trying to do at the moment.
“The boys are doing great in that sense at the moment – they are all working really, really hard. Fitness-wise, it’s probably the best I’ve ever seen the team.
“Having said that, it’s always good to finish off any tour with a win, so we are really looking forward to Monday and seeing what happens there against Richmond.”