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Tony Pulis sets gruelling pre-season schedule for Crystal Palace

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CRYSTAL Palace are close to finalising plans for this summer's pre-season campaign in preparation for their record-breaking second consecutive season in the Premier League. It has already been confirmed the Eagles will travel to the United States in July to play in three games, two of which are set to be against MLS sides. And Tony Pulis is happy with the plans that are being put in place next season, with the majority of the club's preparation coming away from home. "We'll do most of our pre-season away from England this year – we're pleased with that," Pulis told the Advertiser. "I have been away before with Stoke and it is hard for the players. The humidity, they are very difficult conditions to play in. "Fitness-wise though, it doesn't half help them." Palace are also planning on heading to either Switzerland or Austria for the first part of their pre-season campaign before heading over to the United States. And Pulis admitted it will be for the players as he prepares for a second Premier League season with the Eagles. "The altitude training will be in Switzerland or Austria," he said. "That will be the first seven or eight days of pre-season but then America, we go over there for the first three games which will be played in humidity, not over 90 per cent humidity though. "The players will really, really be asked questions about their fitness levels."

Tony Pulis sets gruelling pre-season schedule for Crystal Palace


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