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Salah: Chelsea formation suits me, hope I can play here for a long time
The 21-year-old winger is confident that he can make it at Chelsea as Jose Mourinho’s most used formation 4-2-3-1 is the same formation that his former coach, Murat Yakin, preferred.
“I know it will not be easy to play every game for Chelsea because we have so many very good players in my position, but I hope to show how hard I work and then we will see,” Salah said.
“This move is a fantastic thing for me – going to a big team like this is fantastic for anyone – and I hope I can play here for a long time and have a good career.
“I hope I can now start to score for Chelsea, not against Chelsea.
“Also, the way Chelsea play – with three creative players behind the striker – is like the tactic we played at Basel, so 4-2-3-1 is normal for me – it is the same tactic. I can play in any of the three positions but I really like playing on the right, because I can go inside onto my left foot.
“It is fantastic because you play open games a lot of the time, and you can play open football.”
Talking about how his dream to play in the Premier League came to become a reality, Salah claims that he couldn’t have made it to Chelsea if he hadn’t first played at Basel.
“Football in Switzerland and England is a little bit different,” he added.
“But if you were to go straight from Egypt to the Premier League, it would be too difficult – it’s not possible!
“You have to take it step by step. At Basel, I played Europa League and Champions League football so I have experience of playing at this level.”
To a player who, only a few years back, was watching Chelsea on TV and marveling at the beauty of the game, Salah’s move to Chelsea was a dream come true. Moreover, he speaks of his liking of London and continuing to learn English.
“London is a very nice city. Everyone told me it is fantastic and that I will love it here, and I have been learning more English as well.”
“Egyptian people love football so much. As a boy, I watched every Champions League game on the TV and saw many, many good players”
“I remember watching Chelsea play against Liverpool in the Champions League – a 4-4 draw but Chelsea went through.
“It was a really great game and it has been my dream to play in England – the Egyptian people want to see players in the Premier League and now they will see me playing at Chelsea, so there is more pressure on me!”
Chelsea’s hijack signing from Liverpool has never started a game with the Blues, coming on three times as a substitute so far. His longest spell on the pitch in a blue shirt was a 45 minute appearance in Chelsea’s 2-0 loss to Manchester City in the FA Cup.