on pre-season planning...
"The game was part of our training programme. We integrated three games into our training camp and this was the first. Of course the international players were not here tonight but it was a good test."

on the game being a sell-out...
"It shows that football is very popular here. The home team is doing well and it is nice to see that the game was sold out."

on Szombathelyi Haladas...
"The game was of good quality. They defended very well and were dangerous on the counter-attacks. I would say the first half was very useful. The second half was broken up many times. But the first half was very interesting."

on going to Hungary ...
"We are not here for marketing reasons we are here for football reasons. For me it was very interesting to see two different kinds of football, especially how the young players coped with the problem they had. We basically had an Under-21 team and I was very interested to see how they coped under pressure."

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