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MONTOYA: WE ARE STRONGER NOW

16 January 2019

Paul Hazlewood
Martin Montoya
Brighton & Hove Albion defender Martin Montoya explained that games like Saturday’s match at Old Trafford are ones to enjoy, and feels the side is heading into the match at an ideal time.
 
Montoya believes that last week’s match at home to Liverpool and Saturday’s fixture against Manchester United are matches to savour, and the Spaniard commented on the high level of Albion’s recent performances.
 
He said, “Liverpool and Manchester United are the matches which are special in the Premier League, and you have important matches against top teams all the time.
 
“I can see the team is growing since the start of the season, as we look more solid, physically stronger, and better individually.
 
“We are improving and at Manchester we will go out giving it our all to get a result.”
 
 
The former Barcelona and Valencia full-back has made 14 appearances so far this season, and feels like he is gradually adjusting to life in England.
 
“When you come from another league, adapting to the Premier League is hard because of the type of football, the language, and everything is very demanding.
 
“The first thing is the language. You have a new city, new colleagues with whom perhaps you don’t have much to talk about or it’s hard to communicate with.
 
"The football is different but the big thing, above all, is simply the language. That is the big thing that makes life hard.
 
“But bit by bit, you settle in and feel a lot better."
 
 
The full-back also commented in detail on the different style of football in England, and highlighted the Liverpool match as an example.
 
“Defending is a bit different – depending on the opponents.
 
“With Liverpool, who play with their full-backs a long way up, what we wanted was for our full-backs to stay close to the centre-backs in that defensive line.
 
“Then, when the ball was clear, get back out. But the main thing was to stay closer to our centre-backs, and we felt as though it was a game where we could’ve taken another point.”

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