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FIVE OF THE BEST: JOSE IZQUIERDO

6 November 2018

Paul Hazlewood
Brighton & Hove Albion midfielder Jose Izquierdo.

Brighton & Hove Albion midfielder Jose Izquierdo is up next to reveal some of the best memories from his career to date, including a memorable goal on English soil before he arrived on the south coast last summer. 

We quizzed the Colombian on a handful of topics to learn more about his experiences from times gone by…

Best goal you’ve scored?

"That’s a difficult one to answer! The one against West Ham at the Amex was more about technique, and the one against Stoke City was more of a team goal. 

"But there’s a lot of others! If I had to pick one it would be the one for Club Brugge against Leicester City in the Champions League. 

"I recovered the ball in the middle of the pitch on the right side – we broke quickly, and I linked up with the forward and then I just kept running and shot into the top corner! 

"It was a massive goal for me!"

Best stadium you’ve played in?

"The London Stadium last season was great – the atmosphere last year was really good and the result we had was massive. 

"But if we’re talking about history then that would have to be Old Trafford. It’s one of the grounds I grew up watching on television. 

"It’s called the Theatre of Dreams for a reason and it’s somewhere that everyone in Latin America is aware of for anyone who loves football!"

Best game you’ve been involved in? 

"Probably that night again back in October 2017 against West Ham United, that was my first Premier League goal and was obviously a big moment for me to get off the mark.

"Everything about that evening was big – it was a result which gave us a really good feeling because we were still relatively new to the division."

Best performance? 

"Fans might not remember this one too well, but for me the home game with AFC Bournemouth on New Year’s Day when we drew 2-2. It wasn’t the best result, but it felt like one of my best performances.

"In the game I was playing well, I gave everything I had in both defence and attack – and at the end I managed to run the length of the field with the ball from our own penalty area. 

"But I got stopped by the goalkeeper at the other end one-on-one, it would have been the perfect ending if I could have scored."

Best player you’ve played against?

"Eden Hazard – no question. It’s a silly question to ask what was so good about him – everyone knows his qualities!

"But the way he moves around the pitch and keeps the ball at speed is amazing, his touch is great, and he can assist and score so often – he’s a top player."


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