Wigan manager Roberto Martinez has said that the club’s pre-season training in Sweden has been perfect preparation for the upcoming Barclays Premier League season.
Wigan are undertaking a week of training in Ostersund in northern Sweden, just as they did one year ago.
Because of the facilities and the club’s familiarity with the location, Martinez said that it’s been the perfect place for Wigan to prepare.
“It’s just a perfect place for pre-season – fantastic facilities, near-enough 24 hours daylight and no distractions whatsoever,” he said.
“It’s a very well-known area for us, we know the people here very well and they’ve looked after us again in terms of covering all our needs.
“Although we’re abroad, once again we’ve felt like we’re at home because of the way we’ve been looked after.”
As apart of their week of training, Wigan will play a friendly against local club Ostersunds FK, their first 11-a-side competition of the summer.
However, Martinez won’t be concerned with results, rather just giving his side an opportunity to inch back to match fitness.
“We’ll be playing one game tonight, but I don’t even like to call it a game because that’s over-playing it in a way,” he added.
“It’ll probably be 35 minutes each way, and just a way of introducing the lads back into 11-a-side football.
“It’ll give me the chance to try out one or two things in a reasonably competitive environment, and it’ll also give the lads the chance to shake off a few more cobwebs out there on the field.”
Before Wigan return to the UK for the start of the new campaign in August, the club will embark on one more international tour - although the destination of the tour is yet to be decided, according to Martinez.
“We have a couple of options available to us, and hopefully the full details will be coming through very soon," he continued.
“On the next trip we’ll be looking to play two games, and it’ll hopefully be a good next step from where we’re going to be leaving off in Sweden.”
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