Last Updated: Thu, 18 Jul 2013 12:56
West Ham assistant manager Neil McDonald believes the team are in for a good workout when they take on FSV Mainz on Saturday.
The Hammers head into the game at the weekend off the back of pre-season wins over Cork City, Boreham Wood, AFC Bournemouth and Colchester.
The players have been back training for two-and-a-half weeks now and Sam Allardyce's number two is relatively content with the way things are going.
However, McDonald feels the three matches they are playing in Germany will ask more questions of the squad as they gear up for the big kick-off in the Premier League in a month's time.
He told the club's official website: "Pre-season is all about the first game. That's Cardiff and that's what we're working to.
"The priorities for the trip (to Germany) are to give the players more game time, pushing them up from 60 minutes to 75 to 90 almost, and trying to get everyone through without getting injured.
"The three games which we've picked in Germany are going to be very difficult. The three we had here last year were very, very good for the team.
"We're happy with where we are so far. We've seen a little bit of progress in every one of the games we've had - we seem to be keeping the ball better, we're certainly creating chances and we've certainly put it in the back of the net.
"The three games we're going to play here will be a stiffer test."
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