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El-Nenny: Pressure on Liverpool, things going good for me after Salah’s departure
The 22-year-old tireless midfielder was recently interviewed by Swiss website TagesWoche, where he revealed how life has changed for him after Salah’s departure from Basel and how being a father changed things.
The Egyptian international also addressed topics such as Hamoudi’s arrival and FC Basel’s crucial clash with Liverpool in the Champions League on Tuesday.
The FC Basel player said that things have actually gotten better for him after Salah’s departure, saying: “I’ve become even better after Salah left, but he’s not the reason. He was an intermediate between me and the other players. For instance, if I wanted to say something to someone at the club, I would tell Salah and then he’d tell them. I talk to them directly now, they know me better and know that I’m a good guy. There is more focus on me now. You can see what I do on the field, and thankfully I’m play well.”
When asked about his exclusion from the five-man shortlist for the 2014 African Player of the Year Award, Mohamed El-Nenny said that he was ‘disappointed’ about it. However, he stated that he was happy to have been included in the first shortlist and believes he is still young and can compete for it in the future.
El-Nenny chose not to discuss politics, claiming that he is not up to date with developments in Egypt and that he would rather discuss football than politics even in his private life.
Concerning the decisive game at Merseyside on Tuesday night, he said: “I used to watch Liverpool games on TV, playing against them now is like a dream come true, I hope we can progress.”
Later adding: “Getting a draw will make us go through, but it will not be easy. However, I’m confident of my team, I’m proud of them, and I believe that we can even win. The pressure is generally on Liverpool.”
The Egyptian international then commented on how different his role is with the national team, saying that he is asked to do more defensive duties for the Pharaohs.
On Hamoudi, El-Nenny revealed that he helps the ex-Smouha star by showing him places that serve halal meat in Basel, also stating that Hamoudi doesn’t know that much about the city and that he helps him out a lot.
He then explained that things have changed a lot since he became a father and that he feels that it a huge responsibility. The Egyptian mentioned that he is thankful that he plays in the Champions League and he is happy in Switzerland.
El-Nenny has been putting in impressive performance after the other this season for his Swiss employers, which can be highlighted by the fact that he has played all 90 minutes of all of their Champions League games.