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Montella: Salah is devastating, Chelsea have high hopes
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.
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“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.”