Khaseif hails impact of Al Jazira camp in Netherlands
New coach Jurgen Streppel got an opportunity to implement his tactical strategies. (Supplied photo)
Abu Dhabi - The squad landed at Abu Dhabi International Airport on Saturday morning following their three-week training camp in Wageningen and Oosterbeek
Al Jazira have arrived home from their successful pre-season training camp in the Netherlands with preparations set to continue for the new upcoming season in Abu Dhabi, a press release said.
The squad landed at Abu Dhabi International Airport on Saturday morning following their three-week training camp in Wageningen and Oosterbeek where the players were put through their paces under new head coach Jurgen Streppel.
The Pride of Abu Dhabi also played four friendlies, winning all their encounters against the local Dutch sides while the tour also saw new signings Keno and Sultan Al Ghaferi join up with their new teammates.
Among the players who travelled to Europe was Al Jazira captain Ali Khaseif and the goalkeeper believes the camp was an important and positive experience that has sharpened up the squad ahead of the 2019-20 campaign.
"I would like to thank the Al Jazira Football Company management for their support in ensuring we had the best possible preparation for the season ahead with a successful training camp in the Netherlands," said Khaseif.
"We trained together as one team and throughout the camp, we got sharper with every session by stepping up our fitness and improving our technical abilities.
"Every member of the squad showed commitment and we understood the playing style that Jurgen Streppel wants to implement. Jurgen is vastly experienced and has strong knowledge of the game and the camp provided an excellent opportunity for all the players including our promising academy players to showcase their talent."
He added: "With the mind-set there, we will continue working extensively - both physically and mentally in Abu Dhabi to ensure we are in the best possible shape when the new season kicks off.
"Our fans will be crucial throughout the new season. They are the team's backbone and together with their support, we can help Al Jazira be successful."
The pre-season camp also provided an opportunity for Streppel to assess his squad and implement his tactical strategies.
"There are many positives to take from the summer training camp in the Netherlands. All the players showed determination and willingness to learn and we all share the same vision in wanting to help Al Jazira be a competitive side," Streppel said.
"There is a wide array of talent within the squad and now it is important to build on what we have learnt in the camp and put it into practice when we continue training in Abu Dhabi for the new season."
The first-team will resume their training in Abu Dhabi on August 15 ahead of their first match of the season on August 22 against Khor Fakkan in the Arabian Gulf Cup.
Streppel's side will also face Oman's Al-Nasr Salalah in the Arab Club Championship on September 14 before opening their Arabian Gulf League campaign at home to Al Dhafra five days later.