Millwall's Thompson: 'We're a better team than we were a year ago'

BEN Thompson believes Millwall are better than they were a year ago and said the standard of training has been "brilliant" as the Lions prepare to fly back to London from Portugal.

Neil Harris brought new signings Frank Fielding, Matt Smith, Connor Mahoney, Tyler Burey and Jon Dadi Bodvarsson to the Algarve training camp, and Thompson has been impressed with their impact.

On Tuesday evening Aiden O'Brien equalised for Millwall against Primeira Liga side Braga who ran out 2-1 winners.

Thompson started the game in midfield with Shaun Williams and was pushed into an advanced role off Bodvarsson after Harris made a number of second-half changes.

"It was good minutes and everyone did very well," Thompson told the club's media after the game. "They've got a great squad and some of the football they play is outstanding. The way they pass it about, the technique, the sharpness they've got, it's second to none. That is where you aspire to be as a player.

"As a team we played extremely well compared to where we were at last year. I think we're a better team now and that showed out there.

"The training has been good, the standard of it has been brilliant. Everyone looks fit, sharp and ready to go.

"It's been brilliant to come out to Portugal. There are a few new lads and they've coped really well. We've got a great set of lads, the boys are brilliant so I think [the new players] have felt welcome.

"There's great team spirit. We need to gel a bit more on the pitch and that will come over the next few pre-season games."

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John Kelly