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Albion in Spain: It reminds me of Barça, says goalgetter Orlandi
Albion's new head coach Oscar Garcia has rekindled memories of the Barcelona way for Andrea Orlandi.
The Spanish midfielder slotted the only goal of the game early on as Garcia’s Seagulls scored a morale-boosting friendly win against La Liga outfit Getafe in the Madrid suburbs last night.
Orlandi said: “The training has been really good. It’s all with the ball, very similar to what I did when I was with Barcelona, all sharp, small-sided games, a bit of tactical work as well but we are really enjoying it.
“I feel like when I was playing for Barca ten years ago and I am enjoying the way the manager wants us to train and wants us to play.”
Garcia has demanded a more ruthless streak from Orlandi and his colleagues.
The former Swansea player was used in a slightly more advanced role last night as he scored his second goal in as many pre-season games.
Orlandi said: “We are playing a similar way to the way we played under Gus Poyet but that was his trademark, and we have changed a few things.
“I am playing in a different position. He wants me closer to the striker and he wants us to finish really.
“I know Whitehawk was a different story but I got a goal there and now I have another one.
“I could have scored another, so I am playing with maybe more freedom attacking wise, but you still have to work hard and be compact, as we were.
“It’s a good win and I think a good position for me.
“I know it is a friendly at the start of pre-season but, for the confidence of the group with everything that has happened, it’s always good to get going, keep winning, and a clean sheet against a good team in La Liga is a good thing for us.”
New left-back signing Adam Chicksen from MK Dons made his debut as an early replacement for Bruno, who was taken off as a precaution due to a minor lower leg twinge.
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