West Ham United's arrival in Dresden has caused quite a stir amongst the locals as they bid to find out more about their high-profile visitors.

After a police escort from Dresden International Airport to the team hotel in the German city, assistant manager Neil McDonald sat down with local television company MDR TV to talk about the Hammers' hopes for their six-day trip.

West Ham will train hard in Germany before facing Rot Weiss Erfurt on Wednesday evening, Dynamo Dresden in front of a sellout 33,000 crowd on Friday and Energie Cottbus on Sunday afterrnoon.

Neil, why did you decide to come to Dresden?

NM -  "We've tried different countries like Austria and Switzerland. We were invited to come and play three games in Germany. I came across last month and the hotel and facilities are first class so it's nice to be here and we look forward to the three games."

What do you know about Dresden?

NM - "The club has a long tradition and are an eastern German team in years gone by and they have played Liverpool and Manchester City in recent times. They've got a lot of history and are on the up and they have a fantastic stadium and we're looking forward to playing in front of a big crowd."

Tell us something about West Ham United?

NM - "We've got a tradition of producing our homegrown exciting players through the youth system and we're hoping that it may continue. We had three players play last year and we're hoping to have a few more in the ranks this season and it's great for the supporters to see local players playing in their team."

Are you excited to be playing in front of such a big crowd in pre-season?

NM - "As a coach, it is exciting to prepare a game in front of 33,000 and I'm sure a few of the young boys haven't played in front of that amount of fans before. We've had a good pre-season and the young lads are progressing well. We've got a few weeks left and we're happy with how things have gone so far."

What are the main differences between English and German football?

NM - "German football comes across as a very technical game. The English game is the same but played at a higher tempo so we'll see who comes out on top."

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