"We have worked pretty hard and we are getting into the groove. We have done a lot of running, even though most was done with the ball," Cardoso told the club's website.
"The coach likes to joke, but he also makes very clear what he wants from all of us. He comes in with his own philosophy and it’s crucial that we, as players, buy into that. We need to hit the ground running.”
The defender also described last season's catastrophic final day of the season as a "bitter pill to swallow", but is eager to begin the new era and fight for title once again under Hunt.