Wednesday, July 20th, 2016
Lee Johnson believes his players can learn a lot from Granada after the La Liga side ran out 2-0 winners at Bristol City’s expense.
Johnson’s men had their chances, particularly when Jonathan Kodjia was denied in trying to round goalkeeper Ivan Kelava, but goals from Gabriel Silva and Javi Marquez fired the slick Spaniards to victory.
The head coach was impressed with Granada but says his side more than held their own.
“I thought it was a really good game for us – a tough game against a really good side,” Johnson told City's official YouTube channel.
“I picked a formation that I knew would cause us problems, but I wanted to make sure all my strikers got a game. We’ve got two games and four strikers, and they need minutes.
“In the first half we had the better of the chances. Jimmy (Kodjia) has gone through one on one, Magnusson should’ve finished one, we had people in the box and some decent opportunities.
“But they’re probably a week ahead of us in their pre-season and they’re sharp.
“I said to the players ‘it’s alright me talking about keeping the ball, but when you feel it and feel how quickly they take their touches, and their pass appreciation of where they’re playing the ball and at what weight, that’s the difference in levels’.
“We’ve got an XI that we can put out that has got that quality, but we need to make sure we’ve got a good 18-20 of those.
“I’ve done it before where I’ve spent pre-season trying to win every match and actually neglected four or five of the squad.
“You don’t win anything in pre-season, but you can set the tone for the season. We’ve tested ourselves against top-class opposition and I really enjoyed the game.”
The head coach added that, contrary to reports, City have received no bids for Kodjia and would not welcome any interest in the Frenchman from other clubs.