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Lucketti: Working the lads intensely

MK Dons Assistant Head Coach Chris Lucketti shared his thoughts following the pre-season friendly against Barnet…

17 July 2023

MK Dons Assistant Head Coach Chris Lucketti highlighted the hard work that’s yet to come as MK Dons prepare for their pre-season camp in Germany.

Recently, Graham Alexander’s men faced Barnet in a friendly fixture at The Hive, the hosts took an early lead, but Mo Eisa’s leveller produced a 1-1 score-line at the final whistle.

Barnet pre-season friendly
“It was a fantastic finish from a really tight angle, but that’s what Mo does. He can score those types of goals.” Lucketti said about Eisa’s equaliser.

When questioned about the game, the Assistant Head Coach had this to say “It was a competitive match.

“Barnet asked questions, they’re a good side and posed a physical threat as well. We’ll face a lot of opponents like that in League Two next season.
“We’re learning about the team in match action, we’re working them so hard in training that it is vital to see them in games as well. We know there is a lot of work to do, we’re seeing a lot of good things but there is a lot of work to do as well.”

Germany pre-season training camp
The upcoming training pre-season camp in central Europe will provide an opportunity for that training to unfold as Graham Alexander and Chris Lucketti prepare to ‘work the lads intensely’.
Chris was asked about the impact that these trips can have, he replied “It’s an important time in pre-season.

“We’ll be around each other 24/7 for five days. We’ll work the lads intensely, and it’ll step up again. It’s more time on the training ground, more time to implement our ideas and improve together.”

Callum Tripp
Finally, the topic switched to 16-year-old player Callum Tripp, who has played out of position during the two recent friendlies to support the needs of the squad. When asked about the young Don, Lucketti said “He’s a lad that’s impressed us since day one.
“I’ve been delighted with him. Since the day we came in, physically he has been immense.

“We’re asking him to play out of position too, because we’re short of numbers in that area, and for someone of his age to step up and do that, he should be really proud of what he’s doing at the moment.”

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