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IZQUIERDO LEARNING FROM ENGLISH FOOTBALL

29 September 2017

Brighton & Hove Albion winger Jose Izquierdo feels he is improving his overall game since arriving in England, and remains confident of securing a regular berth in the side.
 
The Colombian international explained how the higher standards in training and matches have aided his development, and recognised the need to be patient in order to claim a place in Chris Hughton's starting eleven.
 
He said, “The players are powerful in training and it’s harder than Belgium because this is a top league and there is more intensity here.
 
“I feel happy to be here and to have this opportunity to play in a top league with top players because you learn more.
 
“Before I came to England, I didn’t used to help with the defensive side of the game, but this is something you need to do here. As a winger, you go forward and also track back to defend.
 
“In the squad there are players that have been here for two or more years who know what the club is about, and they were part of the team that won promotion.
 
“They were here through all of pre-season and have been playing well, but my opportunity will come.”
 
Izquierdo looked ahead to Sunday’s match at Arsenal, and explained how his character is integral to the way he plays.
 
“When you’re playing the likes Arsenal and Manchester City, you know they are teams with top players. It gives you the motivation to keep working and to show your abilities.
 
“I try to be loud and happy all the time, because playing football is the most beautiful thing I can do in my life. My personality involves always being funny and making jokes; some people may think it’s strange, but that’s Jose Izquierdo!
 
“It’s different on the pitch, because I am more serious, but still enjoy it at the same time. If you enjoy your football, you play better, but I also follow the rules of the team.
 
“I like to win, make goals and work hard. It’s still a game and you have to enjoy, because you play better.”


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