Luke Thomas

Thomas: The Main Focus Is Fitness

Luke Thomas says Leicester City's players are already feeling the benefits of match action after their second friendly outing of the summer on Wednesday.
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- Leicester City were narrowly beaten 1-0 by Wycombe Wanderers in pre-season on Wednesday
- Manager Brendan Rodgers fielded two different XIs at the start of each half
- Academy graduate Luke Thomas discussed the fitness gains made at full-time
- He also pointed to areas of the performance which can be improved upon

The Foxes were beaten 1-0 by Wycombe Wanderers at Adams Park, courtesy of Daryl Horgan's 80th-minute strike, and although Thomas was disappointed not to secure a more positive result, the Academy graduate pointed to the benefits of the run-out.

For the second time in five days, City deployed two XIs at the start of each half in Buckinghamshire for the clash with Gareth Ainsworth's Chairboys and Thomas says the squad's fitness is already noticeably improved. 

"The first couple of games of pre-season... it's always hard to get the running back in the legs," the 20-year-old left-back told LCFC TV. "That's what they're for, getting fitness in. The result didn't turn out the way we wanted it to today, but I suppose we will bounce back and go again on Saturday.

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We're Getting Fitter, Says Thomas

Foxes full-back Luke Thomas spoke to LCFC TV following his side's 1-0 pre-season defeat by Wycombe Wanderers on Wednesday evening.

"The main focus at the minute is fitness and, over the time and games, the football is going to come and we'll start scoring goals and getting results that we want. The more games you play, like I say, you get fitter and fitter.

"The first two weeks of pre-season was hard, but that's what you expect in the first couple of weeks, which has helped, and then obviously to get these two games under the belt has always been a benefit to everyone's fitness."

Thomas admits Leicester's overall performance was frustrating in High Wycombe, but with 23 players enjoying 45 minutes at most, the England youth international says it will prepare them for the challenges to come over the coming weeks.

"It's always nice to win, but I suppose pre-season games are pre-season games for a reason and it's to get the fitness in and be ready for the season when it comes," he added.

"Over the training sessions and the games that we're going to have over the next few weeks, we're going to get the football in and we're going to get the passages of play going. So hopefully, when it comes to season, we'll get that going and get the results.

"The more sessions and the more games that we play is always going to help. It didn't really work too well tonight, I didn't think we were at it at all, to be honest, to what we're capable of, anyway. But it's like I say, it's going to come. It's only a matter of games and a matter of time, we'll get there."

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