After Delhi Dynamos played and lost 0-1 to West Bromwich Albion last Saturday, in what was the first ever meeting between Premier League and Indian Super League (ISL) clubs, they are now set to embark on the second phase of their pre-season friendlies in Sweden, playing three national clubs.
The first encounter will be with Sweden’s top flight club BK Hacken on the 8th September at the Bravida Arena, followed by fifth division side Ikene IF 3 days later and finally second division side Assyriska BK on the 14th.
“We will be playing three practice matches in Sweden in quick succession which be a real test for the players. It will not only help us in trying out different strategies but also will help in analysing the fitness level of the players,” coach Gianluca Zambrotta said.
The Dynamos are then due to train in Delhi for two weeks before the start of the upcoming 2016 ISL season which kicks off with a match against Chennaiyin FC on the road on 6th October.
Dynamos’ new signing Samir Nabi, who is a graduate of the West Brom Youth Academy, made his debut for Lions against the Baggies was full of words of encouragement ahead of their camp in Sweden.
“After a good show in England, we are eagerly awaiting for the upcoming practice matches in Sweden”, he said.
“We will be playing against some of the good domestic teams of Sweden and adapting to different climate will be a big challenge. We will have to adapt quickly and carry on the momentum we built during our stay in England, as it will be very crucial for us”, added the central midfielder.
Optimistic Dynamos midfielder Kean Lewis. “The team is in great shape for the upcoming practice games in Sweden and we are really looking forward to it. The exposure that we will gain will only strengthen our squad for the season ahead.”