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"You want to play against the best sides. I'm relishing the challenge of what the tour provides." - Coventry City's Lee Burge

19 July 2014

The City stopper has also said he is fully focused on making sure he has the No.1 spot next season...

Coventry City goalkeeper Lee Burge has revealed he is relishing the challenge of playing against AS Roma B and Italian Serie A side Chievo Verona on the Italian pre-season tour.

The Sky Blues stopper completed 45 minutes for City against Nuneaton Town before the game was abandoned in the second half when a thunderstorm caused a waterlogged pitch at Liberty Way, with the home side leading 1-0.

City's next pre-season will be on Monday as they prepare to face AS Roma B and give the squad some valuable minutes on the pitch. 

The City Academy graduate believes the tour will be a good chance for the squad to work on the system and believes the level of opposition will improve Steven Pressley's side.

Burge said: "I saw the teams we are playing yesterday and I'm relishing the challenge really. You want to play against the best sides in football. 

"We have to make sure we can stand up to the level and even though it is only pre-season, play at our best. 

"The heat difference will definitely help us get into shape. I think the tour will get us in the right shape ahead of the new season."

Nuneaton skipper Gaz Dean had put the Boro ahead at the break after his initial header was well-saved by Burge but the skipper followed up to head home. 

The City keeper was happy with his performance and says he is fully focused on making the No.1 spot is his when the 2014/15 season begins.

He added: "I didn't really have much to do. I don't think we were well organised for their goal but other than that, I thought I did well.

"It was good to be back on the pitch playing. It is definitely different to the training matches we've been doing as there is an extra intensity to it.

"I want the No.1 spot this year, everyone knows that. It is going to be a tough fight for it as Ryan Allsop is a very good keeper.

"It is good competition and we're going to push each other all the way." 

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