Former Manchester United midfielder Paul Scholes remains optimistic. According to him, the Premier League season can be completed within five weeks. He claims that players are like machines and are able to be ready for matches in less than two weeks. If this is indeed the case, it will be decided in the coming days.Top football in England was suspended in the first half of March due to a pandemic, but thanks to widespread measures, restrictions are now gradually being relaxed. Professional sports got the green light to return behind closed doors from June 1. Paul Scholes believes that we should try to resume the Premier League season as soon as possible and believes that the event could actually start as early as June 10, but is concerned that European competitions will be difficult to complete. "People are trying to follow the instructions and the instructions are that there will be no professional football until June 1." "So I think if we follow the instructions, we should try to get as close as we can." "Players are so ready now that they are like half machines, so I think they need a maximum of two weeks of full practice to get back to football, and hopefully by June 10, 11 or 12. they should be ready to play. " "I think we can finish the league, finish the FA Cup. But I think it will be very difficult for the Champions League and the European League. I think it will be difficult to finish them. " "But I think we can finish the season in five or six weeks, take a break and then get ready for next season." Primera Division - Dembélé and Umtiti disappointed superiors with poor discipline. Now they are in danger of selling This has not been the case for French footballers at Camp Nou in recent years. After moving from Seville, Clément Lenglet has not been able to assert himself, and his more famous compatriot Antoine Griezmann has not yet shone. The cases for themselves are Ousmane Dembélé and Samuel Umtiti, who also do not foretell a very promising future in Catalonia. The Primera División finally approved team training last week. The loosening of strict measures was preceded by a number of careful preparations. All footballers have been tested in advance for COVID-19, and the training area must be regularly disinfected. The vast majority of players could not wait to return to the lawns, but the aforementioned duo Dembélé, Umtiti was not convinced by their approach. Several foreign media, all of which include the American ESPN, have confirmed the dissatisfaction of the Barcelona leadership with the work ethic of certain members of its team. While Umtiti arrived for Friday's premiere practice half an hour late and injured his calf muscle, rehabilitating Dembélé did not show up at all three days later. It's not easy to die in the Iberian Peninsula. Barcelona sent 25 million euros to Lyon for him, but the holder of gold from the previous year's World Cup does not shine at the club level. A native of Cameroon, due to numerous injuries, he stagnates and constantly commutes between the basic set and the bench of substitutes. Now a stout stopper has to deal with another problem of a muscular nature. According to initial estimates, the stretched calf will take him out of the game for four to six weeks. Spanish sources say that Umtiti's visibly poor physical fitness may also have been related to this. The low quarterback reportedly arrived in much worse condition than the other teammates. Ousman Dembélý can also be described as an eternal marod without hesitation. Another world champion from Russia came to the Catalan big club even at 125 million euros, but his playing contribution was not much greater. He has been struggling with a protracted hamstring injury since November. On Monday, the 22-year-old winger was supposed to come for an ongoing examination of the problem area, but according to available information, he did not show up at all. Experts predict a return to football in early August, but with such an approach, treatment can be prolonged. Such manners would, for obvious reasons, anger every employer. The Blaugranas are already running out of patience with both footballers and may be planning to sell them. In addition to the classic transfer, a variant of player exchange is offered. Barcelona has worked on several arrivals before the coming summer. The names of Neymar, Pjanić and especially Lautar Martínez hang in the air. If it were possible to agree on barter instead of a huge financial amount, the already crisis-laden wallets of the Catalans would be greatly relieved. Balotelli almost a fool. He talked about biting the walls and violating the regulations His affairs and deeds have turned the football world around many times. It is not for nothing that Maria Balotelli was nicknamed "the naughty child of Italian football". This time, the teammate of Jaromír Zmrhal and Aleš Matějů from Brescia attracted attention with his statements in an interview on Instagram with his former teammate Alessandro Matri. In addition to violating the curfew during the COVID-19 pandemic, he revealed that cooking was the most difficult thing for him. "For the first three days, I ate cardboard and tried to nibble on the walls," Balotelli said in exaggeration. Soccer players practically all over the world are eagerly awaiting the restart of competitions. The closest are in Germany, where the Bundesliga will start again this weekend. In Italy, one of the countries most affected by coronavirus, they still have to wait. Probably by June 13. Recent teammates from Brescia, Mario Balotelli and Alessandro Matri, also discussed this together on Instagram. They are both happy that the teams should have about a month to prepare. "If you pass the ball to me now, I won't process it with one touch. It's been two months since I touched the balloon, "said Balotelli. The Italian striker with Ghanaian roots admitted that he had not spent the last few weeks in complete peace. "I almost went crazy because I was completely alone. The daughter is in Naples, the son in Zurich, the mother is her age and must be protected, the brothers are quarantined with their children, so I was left alone. It was hard, "he said. But it wouldn't be Balotelli not to make a difference during a pandemic. "You can't train properly if you don't have a treadmill. So even though it wasn't allowed, I went for a run in the park near my home, "he admitted, not fully complying with the curfew. Being alone at home, separated from my family, was not the worst thing the "naughty child of Italian football" had ever encountered. The most difficult task for him was that he had to cook for himself. "Basically, I ate cardboard for the first three days and tried to bite the walls because I can't cook anything. Fortunately, I arranged for them to start bringing me food, "laughed Balotelli. Statements by teammates Aleš Matějů and Jaromír Zmrhal on (un) cooking and biting the walls is another pearl of Balotelli's already rich arsenal of events. Through his deeds, he has indelibly entered the history of history, not only football. Coach José Mourinho still remembers how Balotelli, during his engagement at Inter Milan, urged the half-time break of the 2009 Champions League match at Kazan to avoid receiving a second yellow card as he has no other striker. What did not happen, after an hour of play, "Super Mario" was eliminated. He engraved himself with others with his goal celebrations, whether from the EURO 2012 semifinals, when he took off his jersey and stood motionless with his muscles clenched, or the one with the jersey rolled up, under which he wore a T-shirt with "Why always me?" ). Another of his escapades is connected with the latter, when during his engagement in Manchester City, before the derby on the field of city rivals United (6: 1), he set fire to his own house with a firecracker. The last time he took a bet was when he forced the owner of the bar to crash into the sea with a scooter.
Every footballer on the bus got a brush for autographs! Former Manchester United star remembered Ferguson's hard hand Former French footballer Patrice Evra recalled what it was like to work at Manchester United under the hard hand of Sir Alex Ferguson. In the official club podcast, he revealed a hitherto unknown story from 2006, when players refused to hand out autographs at the stadium during the pre-season tour and fled from the fans on the club bus. However, the strict coach gave them something to do and forced the football stars to stand back among the fans. Football defender Evra is a popular figure among United fans. He spent eight and a half seasons at Old Trafford. The legend of the club and the highly successful former coach Sir Alex Ferguson also enjoy the huge respect of Red Devil fans. It is common knowledge that the 78-year-old Scot was able to keep order in the cabin during his career. But in a recent podcast, Evra came up with a story from a 2006 pre-season tour that fans probably didn't know. "We were very tired when we finally got on the bus. I'll be honest with you, we walked down the aisle to him with a lot of fans, "said the former French national team member in the official podcast of Manchester United. Evra: "Once in preseason, all of us went straight to the bus because we were tired and I looked out of the window and I swear Sir Alex Ferguson must have signed for like 45m each autograph for the fans I say ,'Guys, when the boss comes on the bus, we are done.'”#mufc "None of us gave a single autograph. Then I looked out the window and saw Sir Alex Ferguson signing for everyone. It took maybe 45 minutes, I told the boys that when he came, he would be bad, "the football player continued. "When he came to see us, it started: 'Who the hell do you think you are. These people pay your salaries. Now go down to ***** and watch them sign. 'And so we had to go and give an autograph to each fan. But that was his mentality, "Evra recalled his former football boss, with whom he celebrated many successes at Old Trafford.
A temporary revolution in football. Coaches will temporarily be able to use five substitutions instead of three Due to the coronavirus crisis, football teams will be able to temporarily use five substitutions in matches instead of the current three. A revolutionary change in the rules was announced today by the world federation FIFA. The novelty will apply in all competitions ending on 31 December this year. FIFA has stated that it will be up to the individual organizers of the competitions whether they will take advantage of the change. According to the World Federation, the novelty was introduced due to the busy calendar that teams are waiting for after the release of coronavirus measures and the resumption of competitions.
Both the Belarusian league and the local FK Sluck gained unusual popularity When it comes to the Belarusian league, or Belarusian football in general, most ordinary fans will remember Alexander Hleb's long-standing European football team or BATE Borisov's multiple participation in the Champions League, led by the domestic victory over Bayern Munich in the 2012/13 season. Dinamo Minsk, Viktoria Plzeň's opponent in the basic group of the European League 2015/16, is probably also known for Czech fans. Connoisseurs may remember the Dnieper Mogilev - especially Baník fans may still have no idea how they could have fallen out with him in the third preliminary round of the 2010/11 European League football after an opponent arrived in Ostrava after 18 hours in a regular bus. Today, however, thousands of football fans around the world know teams and players known only to hardcore punters until March this year. This is simply due to the declaration of a pandemic and the gradual interruption of the vast majority of world leagues. During April, only the highest competitions in the states remained in operation, the representatives of which either completely banned the use of the word "coronavirus" (Turkmenistan) or declared that it was only the flu (Nicaragua and Belarus). As the quality of the competition in Turkmenistan and Nicaragua is more reminiscent of our division (for the hardy; streams can be found on YouTube), all attention soon shifted to Belarus. He is helped by the fact that the local president Alexander Lukashenko is a passionate athlete despite his advanced age. His pieces on the ice are almost as legendary as Vladimir Putin's five goals in a duel against the NHL stars. It was Lukashenko who appeared on skates several times during the hockey game in April to promote the sport as a cure for the virus. His report became famous that what reliably banishes the coronavirus is regular visits to the sauna, exercise, 50g of vodka three times a week and work in the field. In other words, Belarus has embarked on a path of ignoring the threat and not restricting social freedom. In this situation, therefore, the state structures clearly recommended the Belarusian Football Federation to start a new season of the Belarusian Supreme Competition (Vysshishaya Liha) according to the original plan. In Belarus, the spring-autumn system is played, so the first round was played carefree on March 19. Since its inception, the Belarusian league has become the world's main competition for bookmakers, with dozens of opportunities being announced. Bettors also adapted - they started watching streams and honestly gather information, but even that did not prevent an immediate harvest of (betting) surprises. Few could have expected the defeat of BATE at the Minsk Energetika-BGU (BGU - Belarusian State University, hence the nickname "students"), the draw of the master (if someone likes clichés, then ex-Ličkova) Dynamo Brest with a newcomer Smolevichi-STI or five whistled penalties in the duel FK Sluck - Slavia Mazyr. However, the main response was in the sports media around the world, which at the time of coronavirus had little to write about. From the BBC to our Sport Diary, there was criticism and shaking of the head. Why do the "fools" continue to play football during the pandemic, and even in front of the spectators? Last year's league winner Marcel Lička or the only Slovak in the competition, Július Szök, the interest in football in Belarus grew comfortably, initially only dozens, but later hundreds of fans, mostly from Anglo-Saxon countries, who began to follow social networks of Belarusian clubs and establish foreign language versions. The hunger for live football broadcasts that bring positive emotions has been and continues to be great, especially among spectators who have lost their jobs due to the pandemic (judging by social media posts, this is a large part of the new fans of the Belarusian league). The Belarusian Union managed to react surprisingly quickly and, thanks to a sensational increase in interest in its league product, sold television rights to the highest competition abroad for the first time in history. Today, the Belarusian League runs on sports channels in more than 15 countries around the world. For those who live in countries without broadcasting rights, it is possible to watch every match live and completely free of charge on the official official YouTube channel from the second round onwards. Within a few moments, goals, the best moments and 6-7-minute cuts in good image quality are published for all those interested. By Eastern European standards, this is a truly above-standard spectator service, behind which our highest competition lags significantly behind. In the interest of better live broadcast comfort, it is also possible to watch English commentary on the broadcasts in the form of online radio (CWSports), where matches are accompanied by a voice enthusiast who normally concentrates on English divisional football. This easy availability of live broadcasts has enabled the further development of the league's popularity and the creation of an international fan community connected to social networks, and in particular Twitter. The unique thing about this situation is that at one point, a new fan community was divided into camps for all 16 teams of the Belarusian top competition, whether at the club or personal level. For example, Norwich fans have generally embraced Neman Hrodno as their new yellow-green color combination. Fans of rivals from Ipswich, on the other hand, started to support FC Vitebsk in full blue jerseys. In this case, even the official Twitter Ipswich Town shares posts about the Vitebsk club. There are also many funny bets associated with watching the Belarusian league. At Twitter, for example, at one point, the story of 16 friends began to circulate, who randomly divided the clubs among themselves, saying that whoever finishes the club last must fly to support the team for at least one home match directly to the stadium. One of them, supported by Torpedo Belaz Žodino, also became the founder of one of the most active unofficial accounts. Many such initially completely unofficial accounts now often work with official club staff (or volunteers - not all clubs have English-speaking staff), while the more active clubs also publish information in English and thank them for supporting their new fan base. The sale of scarves, jerseys and other club items is also slowly starting. The most interesting initiative came from Dynamo Brest, when the payment of a ticket for a home match meant the reservation of a seat in the stadium, which was provided with a portrait of the payer in question. Half of the proceeds from the ticket were donated to the fight against coronavirus. A peculiar phenomenon is the popularity of the football club from Sluck, a historic town about an hour south of Minsk. This until recently interesting club was founded only in 2008 as a corporate advertisement of a local sugar factory. FK Sluck quickly climbed the rankings of Belarusian football and in the 2013/14 season he appeared for the first time in the highest competition. However, his results progress stopped, so his seventh place from 2016/17 remains his highest position so far. However, with the club's initially dizzying results, the support of the fans did not increase proportionally - for home duels in the pre-coronavirus era, the team was unable to fill its stadium - even for Belarusian conditions - with a maximum capacity of 1,896 spectators. To date, FK Sluck has curiously more fans abroad than at home in Belarus. But let's not get ahead of ourselves. It all started in March in Australia, when a group of friends from Adelaide went through the names of the clubs of the Belarusian top competition, and got stuck on FK Sluck. The English transcription of the name of the town of Sluckk (Czech Sluck) is Slutsk, which is the source of a somewhat childish joke (sluts) and the whole origin of the current enormous interest in the local football club. Of course, Sluck no longer bothered anyone in Australia with the Slavic "u", and not the English-speaking "a". Soon, the Facebook group FK Slutsk Worldwide was formed, and what initially looked like unimaginative fun, over time it became a real support. Especially after the new fans found out that "their" club is on the verge of bankruptcy and almost didn't sign up for the new season. The financial situation of the club depends on its founder, sugar magnate Andrei Grudnikov, and he recently liked the Belarusian elites, so today he is awaiting trial in custody. In the difficult situation, the new management of the sugar factory stopped the financing of the club and thus brought it to the brink of bankruptcy. Based on this, the Australians have set up a fundraising site, where over five thousand Australian dollars have been collected so far. The FK Sluck Facebook community has developed from Australia around the world and has also connected with the club's officials, who have accepted their new fan base. He publishes bilingually on his social media profiles, organizes Q&A with players, hoists the Australian flag and banner at home games, and turned his unofficial anthem from a song by a New York fan, later converted into rock by the brother of ex-Slavic Vitaly Trubila, Yuri. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o91axfV3yiY With each round played, the club's popularity grows; the aforementioned FB group now has over six thousand members from around the world. In the Russian-speaking world, a video has become a hit, when one of the most famous Russian coaches, Leonid Sluckij, from his quarantine, prescribes tactics for FK Sluck players for the next match with Vitebsk. Last week, the official twitter account of AS Roma was announced by FK Sluck as the team of the week. https://twitter.com/ASRomaEN/status/1255485912047370246?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw With the growing popularity, the team's results are also growing. Since the home defeat with Dynamo Brest in the second round, FK Sluck has not lost and after the seventh round he has led the competition table with a two-point lead. Foreign popularity is certainly not the only cause of unusually great results; in addition, FK Sluck also has a great deal of luck, a very effective attack and apparently won the lottery with the choice of African players during the winter break. In some matches, he was also wished by referees (eg with Slavia Mazyr or Belšina Bobrujsk), who are generally terrifying and prone to card marriages or ordering meaningless penalty kicks. Otherwise, Sluck demonstrates an interesting offensive football for the Belarusian conditions and the quality of the staff. From the matches I have seen myself, I would compare the level of a team to the teams involved in the fight to save in our league. Sovereignly the most popular player for foreign fans became the local "Lord Bendtner" - Artyom Serdyuk. This thirty-year-old Russian striker, with a resume from lower Russian competitions, really resembles the former Arsenal forward with his play and character; his technical imperfection, his assistance to be missiles, and similar cult issues are celebrated. Serdyuk accepts his newfound popularity with grace, is an active contributor to the FB group and carefully responds to fans with his almost non-existent English. The second most popular member of the squad is the 38-year-old matador of the Belarusian highest competition, goalkeeper Boris Pankratov. Pankratov represents the old era of goalkeepers with good reflexes and effective interventions on the line, but with a completely non-existent game with their feet. In any case, the most interesting player for me is the "sluice Yaya Toure", Yuri Kozlov. Bald tall box-to-box midfielder, sometimes a little stingy for a step, but for the Belarusian league incredibly technically equipped and willing to do a loop in any situation on the field. A kind of "enfant terrible" of the club is Marat Burajev, a player about 160 cm tall with a Napoleonic complex, excellent dribble and Admir Ljevaković's bad habit of getting a yellow card in about every match. The rest of the team is made up of home players, with a couple of Russians and Ukrainians and four African players (three from Burkina Faso, one from Nigeria). The story of FK Sluck has a good end for the moment, as the Ukrainian betting agency PariMatch has bought a place on advertising banners around the stadium and the financial situation of the club has thus stabilized. Goalkeeper Pankratov said in an interview that payouts go regularly and the club even recently hired a reinforcement for the wing of the Armenian league in the person of Alan Karoyev. Players also enjoy fame and are grateful for their support; in the last match, they performed a goal-kangaroo jump celebration dedicated to their numerous fan base in Australia. Fans and experts speculate how long the game and result success can take - whether FK Sluck can be Leicester of the Belarusian league. Probably not, especially since BATE has taken good form in the last rounds and will want to return the title to Borisov. Even so, the story of the Slug phenomenon is one of the few positive reports in quarantine times and an important distraction for all new fans. For the Belarusian league, every week the non-running top leagues bring popularity, a financial injection and for young players the opportunity to "sell" to better leagues. If you really miss live football and you like football delicacies like Příbram-Karviná, with a similar spectator backdrop (hard-core fans boycott the Belarusian league due to disagreement with the coronavirus situation) and the quality of football, I highly recommend you to grind in Belarus.
China is another country where players and coaches will temporarily receive lower salaries during the coronavirus break, by up to fifty percent. They will help clubs mitigate economic losses. It is not yet clear when the postponed season will begin in the country from which the disease began to spread at the end of last year. The real deadline is the end of June. The leadership of the local association announced today that wage cuts were not mandatory for clubs, but urged teams and players to take this step. Players and coaches will lose 30 to 50 percent, including foreign stars. "The covid-19 epidemic had a major impact on the football industry. Leagues at all levels were forced to postpone the start of the season, which affected club operations," the union said in a statement. The Chinese Super League was originally scheduled to start the season on February 22. The optimistic assumptions for an early start after the pandemic then took hold after a positive test by former Belgian national team member Marouane Fellaini at the end of March after returning to the Shandong Luneng club.
About Banks and Bonetti and the power of football moment Their careers are inextricably linked to most witnesses, but only one of them could be relatively indifferent to it. They formed an almost unshakable goalie tandem across the best four-year cycle of the English national team and in the middle of the golden era of the British goalkeeper school, but only one of them regularly collected starts. Now, with a gap of about one year, both inseparable legends have moved to the football sky ... Even recent history is not stingy on the memorable battles of sovereignty between the three poles. Francesco Toldo and Gianluigi Buffon fought one of the more balanced ones immediately after the 1998 World Cup. Lehmann's postponed resignation of Oliver Kahn will be remembered for a long time just for the domestic world championship. Depending on who you are asking, Iker Casillas has 'blocked' perhaps up to four quality goalkeepers during his career. And sometimes it comes together even in a less pronounced football landscape - if it weren't for Samir Handanović, Jan Oblak at the age of 27 could easily have had a double portion of national team starts. It is only at this point that the much-discussed goalie rivalries take place in Germany and Brazil, but the concentration of quality that Albion was proud of in the 1960s and 1970s is hardly comparable. Sir Alf Ramsey led the English national team in 1963-74 and had Gordon Banks at his disposal for most of that period, according to many of the most talented goalkeepers of his generation, so it was never an unenviable dilemma, but how many potentially different starts must have been drilled on the bench / tribune, the choir is frosty when thought of the later decades lined with mediocrity. But judge for yourself: the first and last gold-plated Albion (Gordon Banks), the architect of the first Chelsea triumphs in both the FA Cup and the League Cup (Peter Bonetti), the last team of the last teams of Busby Manchester United and the first English winner of the European Champions Cup (Alex), made their debut under Ramsey. Stepney), holder of the club record in the number of net accounts (21) on the road to Everton's second post-war title (Gordon West), the central face of the phenomenal Clough Nottingham Forest from the late 70s (Peter Shilton) Clemence). The last two named were at least born after the guns were silenced, and side by side they continued the era defined by one Gordon Banks. However, he himself managed to limit the aforementioned Bonetti-Stepney-West trio to only 11 starts. Collected together. Who knows, it was perhaps Banks' insurmountable shadow, and not just the officially declared "homesickness" that led Gordon West to turn down the invitation to the 1970 World Cup. The same Mexican mundial, which forever framed the career and the whole legacy of Bonetti and Banks ...
Sven Ulreich (31) is the undisputed substitute behind captain Manuel Neuer (34)! And highly regarded by the Bayern Bundesliga stars. Müller celebrates him in training with "Ulle, Ulle, Ulle!" Calls. "Ulle" got the nickname "Zu-Nulle" from Kimmich. With the change from Alexander Nübel (23) there is new competition behind Neuer in the summer. And a goalkeeper discussion about number 2! Does the substitute now force a change due to Nübel? Ulreich says to BILD: “I will look at everything that will happen in the next few weeks. I said yes, if something opens up where I can play, I like to do it. Otherwise I will give my all here in my last year of contract. " Ulreich has been with Bayern since 2015, has already completed 13 Champions League games and still has a contract until 2021. Now he is waiting. In summer Hertha BSC with Bruno Labbadia (54) could become an issue. Reason: Ulreich and Labbadia know each other from Stuttgart. According to BILD information, this is an option, but nothing is concrete. Hertha is said to have him on the list. Coach Hansi Flick (55) recently said to the "kicker": "We want to develop him further (Nübel; Anm.d.Red.), But it is also clear that the performance concept counts at FC Bayern. And currently Sven Ulreich is doing really well. ” Ulreich consultant Jürgen Schwab (61) is considered a goalkeeper expert in the scene, was formerly a goalkeeper himself, and in addition to Ulreich with Steven Benda (21 / borrowed from Swansea to Swindon) is another goalkeeper who is about to break through in England.
The French football league will take out a state-guaranteed loan so that it can pay the first and second league clubs money for television rights that they would otherwise lose due to the prematurely closed year. The LFP decided on this at its general meeting. The LFP ended the season on Thursday after the local government banned all major sporting events until September two days earlier due to a coronavirus pandemic. The winner of the unfinished year was Paris St. Germain, descending Toulouse and Amiens. Thanks to the loan, the competition management will pay the promised amounts to the clubs. "These amounts cover the last two installments for audiovisual rights for the 2019/20 season, originally scheduled for 5 April and 5 June," the LFP said in a statement. Some clubs do not like the premature end of the year. Olympique Lyon will claim damages, which it has estimated at tens of millions of euros. Legal action is also being considered by the descending Amiens, who have called on the league leadership to review the decision. Amiens considers the expansion of the competition for the upcoming season by two teams to 22 to be the fairest solution.
Anthony Martial took over Manchester United's 9 shirt again this season, and he did it in a big way. Pairing mainly in attack with Marcus Rashford, who moves to the left with the Frenchman playing as central striker, Martial has registered with a goal or an assist every 115 minutes in all competitions (Premier League, Emirates FA Cup and Europe League) during 2019/20, adding 16 conquests in total. Establishing himself as a central striker in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's 4-2-3-1 formation, the French netbreaker has had his best scoring season (not including penalties) in his entire career. In addition, he adds 2.9 shots and 1.9 shots from outside the area every 90 minutes, another personal record for him in the Premier League. The numbers also show that Martial is more aggressive than ever in attack: He has an average of one shot for every 4.7 touches inside the box, compared to one shot for every 7.6 touches last season. Even more impressive is his great ability to settle in the danger zone: Martial has 11 shooting goals inside the area, versus 8 shots off target inside the area. But his evolution has gone beyond goals. The 24-year-old forward has won 63 percent of his personal Premier League duels this season, compared to a 54 percent success rate on 2918/19. In addition, he has an average of 3.59 personal duels every 90 minutes this season, versus 3.17 the previous season. Martial has finished nine times after beating an opponent this season, versus seven times in 2018/19 and eight times in 2017/18. On average, the Frenchman pressured the rival in possession of the ball four times every 90 minutes last season. In this campaign, on the other hand, he has done it nine times every 90 minutes. It is a notorious increase and a sample of the progress that Martial has made under the Norwegian coach. The success rate of this pressure has also risen from 25% to 29%, which shows that it has also been more effective in this area. In summary, the French striker has definitively affirmed himself in the Solskjaer scheme in 2019/20. Martial's numbers and performances support him, and at just 24 years old, he is a player who can continue to evolve in the coming seasons.
I was never sure of going to England. But, when I made the decision to do it, I was always very clear that I would only play in one team. Manchester United. That was the club he wanted to shine with. That was the team that fit with me. Of course, I was always aware of Manchester United. The person who does not know the club never found out what soccer is about. Everyone who understands this sport knows very well the size of this institution. I remember seeing a lot of team games, of course. I remember the 1999 Champions League final against Bayern Munich. I remember how Teddy Sheringham and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer came in to score the winning goals. They went from losing the title to winning it in a matter of minutes. However, the club is much bigger than that. I always had a good eye to follow Manchester United. One always remembers the waves and waves of success that they achieved under the command of Sir Alex Ferguson, a coach who knew how to dominate the Premier League. And they always played with those red shirts ... So, I said to myself: "I could defend that shirt very well, because it is not too heavy for me." Before playing at Manchester United, I went through great teams, where you can feel that typical pressure. You always have to meet and achieve the desired results, otherwise someone will most likely come and do the work for you. Anyway, I like it that way. I feel comfortable under these types of situations, because I enjoy them and they help me to become better every day. The idea is to know that I must prepare for this, train and be ready. But you have to think about the whole package, not just what leads to something new. If you focus on only one thing you will end up failing on the others. One must focus on the whole. I always enjoyed watching football this way, because this is how I manage to feel on top. When success is achieved, the feeling is much more pleasant. Going to Manchester United was a huge thing and when I arrived at the club I tried to make an instant impact. I felt this was very important to me because I knew that I would have to deal with the expectations of the fans and the usual pressure. But I came to Old Trafford with a great predisposition and will. Therefore, I did nothing but get up in the most difficult moments, since that's when I have the best time. I remember my first match. We had to play a friendly against Galatasaray in Sweden. "Ok, they are in my country now." Three minutes after the opening whistle I had already scored my first goal at Manchester United. Despite the fact that it is only a friendly match, one always has to try to leave everything, because the ideal is to get a rhythm of the game before the season starts. When you get to a club as big as this, you never know how patient they can be with a new player. It is key to adapt as quickly as possible, and that is what I tried to do at the time. I worked hard and tried to make my game to get used to a demanding environment. The idea was always to help the team. However, there are still many people who keep talking and believing that they know everything. Back then, my goal was to land in England, where people said it wasn't good enough, not only to prove them wrong, but to fill me with adrenaline. After three months everyone had to eat his words. I needed to make new enemies, because the ones I had had already become my admirers. Oh, and the Manchester United fans are amazing. I'm not saying it just because I played at the club, but because I had the chance to be on his side and I know all the love they usually give the team. I remember when I made my Premier League debut against Bournemouth, I scored a goal and it only took a few minutes for the audience to make me a song. After a while I thought, “Guys, please, this is just beginning. Wait till I get to my highest level. Wait and see. " Although inside I have said to myself: "This is tremendously fantastic!". The fans really knew how to appreciate what I did in my time at the club and were very grateful to me. This is the best way to "reward" a player, because when you do your job and receive such a response from the public it is incredible. They are part of 50 percent of absolutely everything to do with it. Imagine what it would be like to play in an empty stadium… I wouldn't. Old Trafford was always full. Forever. In addition, in every game we played as a visitor, the fans always appeared, they always encouraged us. When you receive this kind of encouragement, circumstances lead you to give more and more. We owed it to people. And I think this was one of the things that drove me the most to win titles that season. I remember when I left the locker room and stepped onto the Wembley playing field to play in the League Cup final I was stunned by all the red jerseys I saw on the rostrum. And the setting ... wow. As I said, these are the things that drive you to want to succeed. Therefore, that day I managed to score two goals and raise a new glass. Just as he had said he would. I had a chance to win everything before coming to Manchester United, and it was a pleasure that it happened again in England. Winning is in my DNA. I need it, that's my mindset. I hate to lose. I am not a bad loser, but I love to win. At the moment of starting my career at the club I said I would be successful and it was so, because we raised two great trophies. The facts speak for themselves. This whole first season at Manchester United was fantastic. I really enjoyed it. The family was happy, everyone was happy, the institution took good care of me and made everything much easier. Therefore, all I had to do was put on my boots, go out on the court and play. As a boy I had a vision about what I wanted for life. You never know what may happen in the future, but these dreams led me to be who I am today. You always have to work and fight until you reach your goal. This is how I see things. I like to feel a little pressure on the road, because that helps me believe in what I want. When I came to Manchester United and said that I wanted to conquer England, many people laughed at me. I wasn't kidding.
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