Castelrotto, 20 July 2021Before taking to the pitch to train this afternoon, Daan Dierckx spoke to the press. This is what he had to say:

“We’ve learnt a lot from last season and, thanks to the new staff members, expect to play a lot of good football. We need to be ready for the coming campaign. Although we’re among the favourites in Serie B, we need to demonstrate this out on the pitch. There are many other good sides and it’ll therefore be tough to emerge as one of the best. We need to prove that we’re the favourites and return to Serie A as soon as possible.

“Every player wants to make the most of the time they spend on the grass. My ambition is to play as many minutes as possible this season, and it’ll be up to me to convince the Coach that I can be a starter. I’ll have to display my qualities in training.

“During the European Championship, I watched various defenders. Bonucci and Chiellini had a fantastic tournament, as did Maguire. As a young defender, I have a lot to learn and can do so by observing their movement out on the pitch.”