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Montella: Salah is devastating, Chelsea have high hopes

Posted on February 27, 2015


boss Vincenzo Montella praised on-form Egyptian winger in his post-match press conference after the Tottenham victory, labelling him as “devastating”. 

Mohamed Salah moved to the Viola in the final hours of the winter transfer window and has already managed to score 3 goals, plus an assist, in just 5 appearances with the team (2 of which were as a substitute).

For the second time in his career, the 22-year-old has played a decisive role in knocking Spurs out of the Europa League, scoring the second goal against them in a 2-0 win on Thursday to lead the Viola to the round of 16 – following his previous important goal against them almost two years ago when he was playing for FC Basel.

“In the first half we were under pressure from Tottenham, even if they didn’t create many scoring opportunities,” Montella said in the post-match press conference.

“After the break we came out with a different attitude and our individuals caused them huge problems. In midfield, we had to do without Borja Valero and then lost Mati Fernandez, so that was a blow, but everyone worked very hard.”

Devastating Salah hard to keep

Montella then specifically talked about Mohamed Salah, praising the Egyptian player: “Salah is a player who, even if he has lulls in the game, is devastating in the final 40-50 metres.”

He also talked about Salah’s situation when he was playing for Chelsea, and admitted keeping him at the club beyond the end of his loan will be tough: “Mourinho has a lot of choices, sometimes some players do not integrate with a team for many reasons. He was a redemption but I think they trust him much more.”

“Given how much [Chelsea] are asking for him, I think they have high hopes in him,” the coach said.

Tottenham coach Mauricio Pochettino also received a question about Salah, and he said: “He scored, there’s nothing else to say.”


  1. djh

    February 28, 2015 at 1:09 PM

    Mohamed salah has a lot of imperfection like his finish, his ball control, his one on one, his shoot. His good in space, and pressure.
    He’s not a super player just a good one . That’s it.
    he remember me jeremy menez from france in milan ac with problems in his finish, ball control and one on one.

    • El Pharao

      March 2, 2015 at 1:45 AM

      Can’t you just shut up? Salah is great and he proved it today again.

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