As the start of the Premier League season draws closer, many clubs are starting to take to the field for pre-season matches against international competition. But the question remains, do these matches really matter?
Like any sport, pre-season is a good way to see what your club is doing right and wrong before the matches actually mean something. Many teams do this by playing tougher international clubs to prepare for the intense Premier League season. While other clubs ease into the season by playing a lower quality of teams, beating them handily.
This past weekend a few clubs had good performances while others did not. Arsenal were in Indonesia taking on the Indonesian All Stars. The Gunners took the match 7-0, led by two goals from Olivier Giroud.
Manchester United were also in Asia this past weekend, but the Reds had a different result. Taking on the Singha All Stars in Thailand, they were defeated 1-0.
Other match results included Fulham defeating Cartagins in Costa Rica, Liverpool defeating Preston 4-0 and Everton falling to Austria Vienna 2-1.
Although losses may make fans a bit nervous about the state of the club, the players do not make much of the result and instead use as a way to build going forward.
Take Man United; this match against Singha was their first match in the David Moyes era. So, obviously there are going to be a few differences on the field that need to be corrected.
So the message to all Premier League fans needs to be the same. Don’t worry about the result, its just practice.