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RYAN: PREMIER LEAGUE PREPARED ME FOR WORLD CUP

23 July 2018

Paul Hazlewood
Albion goalkeeper Mathew Ryan.

After returning from the FIFA World Cup, Brighton & Hove Albion goalkeeper Mathew Ryan admitted that his first season in the Premier League thoroughly prepared him for this summer’s tournament in Russia.

The shot-stopper featured in all three games for Australia last month, which included a meeting with the eventual winners France, and Ryan highlighted the quality on show throughout the tournament.

He said, “It’s similar to the Premier League but different at the same time. In the Premier League you’re representing your club and not your country, and that adds a different aspect to it.

“But in terms of the level of play, it’s of the highest calibre and comparable to that of the Premier League.

“I knew that when coming to Brighton and it was part of the reason why I wanted to come here. Playing in the Premier League would prepare me for tournaments like the World Cup.

“There’s no doubt that my first season at Brighton helped me get into the right frame of mind. It gave me that experience which is vital in preparing an individual for a tournament like that.

“The importance of the games are the type of games you want to be playing in. You’ve got the opportunity to create lifelong memories that you’re never going to forget.”



The Socceroos were unable to progress to the knockout stages, following defeats to France and Peru, and Ryan admitted his frustration despite acknowledging the valuable experience acquired.

“People have talked about how well we did, but at the end of the day, we didn’t get the results we needed and that’s the difference at the highest level.

“There are moments in games, little games inside games that are the determining factor in matches like that.

“When you’re not as clinical against opposition teams, and they’re hurting you, you obviously deserve to get knocked out in the group stage.

“Nonetheless, challenging ourselves against three quality teams was a great experience.”

Ryan played every minute of Premier League football for the Seagulls last season, and the 26-year-old revealed his excitement ahead of his second campaign in England.

“It’s come around so fast and I feel like I haven't stopped since last season, but I’m tremendously excited after all the experiences we went through during the last campaign.

“Coming into this season, there’s the same challenge of going out there and giving our all. Hopefully we can show what we learned from our first season and implement those lessons.

“We’ve had a few changes of personnel and hopefully that’s strengthened the squad to give us a better chance of building on what we did last time.”


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