Villanueva happy with pre-season progress

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New Paris Saint-Germain assistant coach Pablo Villanueva has revealed the squad is responding well to the gruelling pre-season training programme.

Villanueva was the assistant to Unai Emery at Sevilla and made the move to the French capital with the Spaniard when he was appointed to replace Laurent Blanc as the club's manager.

He admits the coaching staff have been asking a lot of the players in the early stages of the pre-season and has been thoroughly impressed with what he has seen from them so far.

"We're very happy with how our pre-season is going. The players are responding well to our working methods. We're throwing a lot of work at them and they're training hard, making a big effort," Villanueva told the club's official website.

"Arriving at a new club and bringing new methods with you is never easy, but here the players have taken to them straight away. Of course that makes us happy after an initial week of intense work, and we're very optimistic for the season to come."

Villanueva says he is honoured to have been appointed by a club of PSG's stature but concedes a job of this magnitude comes with additional pressures, as Blanc found out after losing his job despite winning Ligue 1 the last three season in a row.

"Joining a big club like Paris Saint-Germain is a great feeling, but it's also a big responsibility. The demands are high, as they are in every big club, and the only way to meet these demands is to work, always to work," he added.

"Collectively, we the staff and players have to do everything we can to grow in the best way and improve the team on every level."