"Pre-season is a very important time for us. We did a lot of travelling on the tour to Columbia and Miami. We've been working hard to ensure we're ready for the new league season. It's important to get off to a good start."
"Over the last six months, I've done a lot of work with Aymen. I also know Raggi very well. He can play anywhere across the back line. He's a great defender. It's important for all us defenders to play well collectively. That's easier this year, now that we've been got more experience of playing together."
"We worked really hard last year to get where we are now, with Champions League qualification. The important thing now is to keep going, maintain our level and try to improve."
"I think that if we're going to perform well in the Champions League, then our league form also has to be good. That will give the team confidence. We're in Pot 4, so we'll definitely be facing some big teams. That's something you have to do, if you want to improve."