Tis: “It’s all part of the fabric of Exeter City”

Paul talks about the trip to Brazil

With just a fortnight to go until the Grecians depart for Brazil – where they will play against Fluminense at the Laranjeiras Stadium – Paul Tisdale spoke of how lucky he and the team were to be part of a history-making tour.

And for the City manager is also aware of how important a role that the game will play in preparation for the 2014/15 campaign and getting the players ready to kick off the season at home against Portsmouth on Saturday 9th August.

“I don’t think any of us can quite believe that we’re going to Brazil – it has been spoken about for a long time and there has been two years of discussion and planning,” said Tis.

“Now we’re two weeks away from it – we know we’re going, but I don’t think any of us can quite visualise it yet.

“It’ll be a great tour, and a tour that will play a part in the club’s history, and the players probably don’t realise quite how lucky they are.

“We’ll enjoy it and do the very best we can – it’s not just pleasure; there’s business in there as well and we have to use it as part of our preparation for the Portsmouth game.”

Having been the first ever opposition of the Seleção a century ago gives the Grecians an incomparable place in the annals of football, and Paul spoke of his pleasure that so many supporters would be making the intercontinental journey to be part of history.

“It’s not your normal pre-season tour – it’s all part of the fabric of Exeter City and it’s what makes the club so unique,” he continued.

“I know that there’s more than a hundred supporters going to follow us there, and it’ll be great to see them over there.”

Click here to watch the full interview on Grecian Player, where Paul talks about getting back into the swing of pre-season, getting ready for his ninth campaign as City manager, the developing squad and the trip to Brazil.