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Pre Season

Benteke Ready For Derby Day Opener

6 August 2018

Christian Benteke's 26th minute goal on Saturday put Palace back on level terms against Toulouse as it set the home side on their way to a convincing 4-1 home victory with the striker post-match reflecting on a good pre-season.

“It has been a while since we have played at Selhurst so it’s nice to be back and we had a good afternoon, but now it’s about looking forward to next week.

“I know how big the pre-season is and specifically for myself because I want to be injury free this season so I am now physically and mentally ready.”

The Eagles squad have been finding the net on a regular basis in the build up to the season and this has not surprised the Belgian and he is hoping that form leads into the opening day encounter at Craven Cottage against Fulham.

“We have a lot of abilities through our team with a lot of players able to score, whether it be from free kicks or headers so it doesn’t surprise me because we have a good group.

“It’s going to be a big one for both teams, they will be looking to show their fans that they are back and will be looking to win the game but we will also be going there looking to get maximum points.”

Watch the highlights of Saturday's game and post-match interviews now and if viewing on the app go to Palace TV along the bottom menu. 

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