Midfielder Fredrik Jensen says FC Twente need to work hard to ensure a successful 2017/18 Eredivisie season, following their loss to Bristol City.
The Enschede-based side ended last season in seventh place under manager Rene Hake.
And following a 2-0 friendly defeat to the English Championship side at Ashton Gate, the 19-year-old Finnish international knows a lot of hard graft awaits them.
Speaking to Football-Oranje, the winger said: "It was a hard performance. Big respect to Bristol and how they played. They made it hard for us the whole game, but the first half we didn’t get into our rhythm.
"In the second half, we stepped up a little bit but still you could see that Bristol was the better team today and they deserved the win.”
Hake employed an unfamiliar 4-4-2 formation during this game, with Jensen adding: "If you get a new formation you need to adapt quickly and we didn’t do that well. I think it was also a mental part of the game, we weren’t ready to start the game. You could see that as well – we lost the second balls, we just weren’t ready.”
Twente kick off their new season against Champions Feyenoord, and Jensen knows his side still need a lot of work.
He continued: "If we start that game as we started today against Feyenoord, we’re going to have a very hard, first game of the season. We need to have a good sit down with the team.
"But I’m confident in the team that we’ll do better. Last season was good for us, we need to improve and hopefully get a better spot than seventh.”