Date:Wednesday July 18 2012
Pre-season is a time which is used by many for a number of different reasons.
For the manager it's a time to get players fit and prepared for the new season, hard work now can help to prevent injuries later in the season.
For the club it's a time when a foreign tour can help boost marketing opportunities in far away countries and for the players, well it's a time for them to get back into the routine of training every day.
For most, their objective is the same as the managers, getting fit and prepared, the results are meaningless, unless of course you are performing well and then it's all about trying to take form into the new campaign!
For the younger players perhaps on the fringes of the side, it's a time to impress.
Ross Barkley burst onto the scene this time last year with his performances, particularly in America and Greek Under-21's striker Apostolos Vellios is aiming to do the same this year.
He has already scored against Morecambe on Saturday and is hoping for more as Everton begin the tour of Scotland tonight at Dundee United.
"Of course the players my age are trying to impress the manager," he added. "The older players are maybe just focused on getting ready for the new season. For me I can`t wait for every game as it is an opportunity to try and do well. Vellios told evertontv.
He added: "Every training session it is important for me to be good - not only for the manager and the coaches but also for me and my confidence. Every day I try and focus on my training. I know it is up to me."
EvertonTV are showing the pre-season games online, they are pay-per-view at £3.99 or you can get all seven games against Dundee United, Motherwell, Malaysia, Galatasaray/Indonesia, Blackpool and Malaga for a bundled price of £18.99.
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Date:Wednesday July 18 2012
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