Pre-season is all about working on fitness and I have to admit I have been struggling mainly because I had extra time off - due to my international commitments with DR Congo.
My pre-season schedule hasn't been as hard this summer mainly because I have had a lot of time off, so I probably missed the hardest part of the build-up to the new season.
My main aim was to improve my fitness in time for next week’s Premier League opener against Tottenham Hotspur and I believe I have.
I was disappointed with the result against Lazio because footballers don’t want to lose games - even if it's only a pre-season match.
On the other hand, I’m extremely looking forward to playing my first game in the Premier League at Selhurst Park next Sunday.
I’m actually a boyhood Arsenal fan so you would have thought I would have a little bit of added incentive to help Palace get a win.
However you don’t really look at the rivalries of the team you support when you play for a top team like Palace. I just go out there to do my job.
Tottenham will be tough and the tempo will be a lot harder than it was on against Lazio but hopefully we can cope with it and get a good result.
I would just like to make one final point and that is I am incredibly pleased for my former teammate Wilfried Zaha.
He’s been one of Manchester United’s best players during their pre-season tour. I have been talking to him every day and it sounds like he’s having a good time there.
It’s going to be tough to replace Wilf but we will just have to wait and see what happens.
The new-boys at Palace like Elliot Grandin and Dwight Gayle are brilliant additions to the squad. They just need to get used to the way we play, which is happening already.
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