Feddal: "Everything is going well so far"
The defender talks about his second preseason at Sporting CP
Zouhair Feddal will soon begin his second season as a Sporting Clube de Portugal player, but his opportunities to interact with fans have been limited so far due to the COVID-19 pandemic. With this in mind, less than a month out from the start of the season, the Moroccan answered questions on the club's official Twitter account from the Algarve, where the team are undertaking a preseason training camp.
He also took further time out to chat with Sporting CP's official media about the summer and the season ahead.
"I feel better than last year," he explained. “Preseason is for us to find the best possible way of playing, and we are working well with the idea of reaching the Supertaça against SC Braga in the best shape. We're all training well and playing practice games against teams that work really well. That's why everything is going good so far."
“We are very happy when we are together as a group. It's the strength of our team. We are like a family and we like spending time together, training and also playing around. Everybody already knows that Nuno Santos and Eduardo Quaresma are always joking around -although when it's time to work we are all serious- and the atmosphere is very good,” stated the Moroccan international.
In the preseason camp there are 19 first team players, with several newcomers to the fold from the youth ranks. As one of the more senior members of the squad, Feddal sees this as a good opportunity to bring in new faces.
“The kids do their best when they train with us. They are very willing to succeed and have to take advantage of the opportunities that the coach gives them. He has a lot of confidence in them, and it's up to us to help them out. I was also helped when I was younger, and I know how the situation is. I hope that this year more youngsters can reach the first team and that they have a good career."
Feddal also looked ahead to 2021/2022, which promises to be a demanding campaign.
"That's football. We work to play many games and participate in the best competitions, like the Champions League. However, just like last season, we will take things game by game. We won't think about anything else."
“We have a young squad, with only a few players over the age of 30, and we are very hungry. We want to achieve great things and that's why we're going to work with great humility,” he concluded.