BRYAN HUGHES wants his side to show what they are capable of against Portimonense SC.

The Reds are in the Algarve for their annual pre-season training camp and face the Portuguese top-flight side at The Estádio Municipal de Portimão.

Portimonense finished 12th in the Portuguese top flight last season, beating the likes of Benfica, but Hughes hopes a disciplined approach will benefit Wrexham when they turn defence into attack.

“Portimonense are a Portuguese Premier League team and it is going to be a tough test,” said Hughes.

“They have got a lot of Brazilians in the team and they are going to be very good technically but it will be a fantastic experience for our boys.

“At this stage it is all about getting the workload in the bank and I am sure we are going to have to work hard because Portimonense are going to have the ball for long spells.

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Manager Bryan Hughes with his coaching staff during open training in Portugal

“But it gives us that opportunity to work on a structure, a disciplined approach, which we are going to need sometimes this season.

“It might not be one of them games where we get a lot of touches but I am hoping that when we do get the ball, we show what we are capable of and what we are trying to do this year.”

Wrexham continued their pre-season programme with a 1-0 defeat against League One outfit Fleetwood Town on Friday but Hughes felt there were a lot of positives to take,

“Fleetwood played two different teams and we were a little bit ahead of them in our preparations with regard to fitness levels,” said Hughes.

“Some of the players got 60-70 minutes but it was a really good test against League One opposition who move the ball quick.

“This pre-season has been built around us having different things to work against, teams of different ability, and tonight is no different.”