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Salah: Beating Juventus will be a great boost

Posted on January 23, 2016
Mohamed Salah

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AS Roma winger Mohamed Salah spoke to Italian newspaper La Stampa about the anticipated clash with , the Serie A, and his move to the capital city.

The game against Juventus will potentially be the Egyptian’s sixth game for Roma in the Serie A since his return from injury in mid-December and he is confident in his side’s ability.

“They are really strong, but we are strong too, and we have to aim high,” said Salah. He continued, “We need the win to spark us back to winning ways and setting high targets.

“The game will not end in a draw. Both teams will be fighting for the three points on the pitch,” he remarked.

“I think we’re going to win 2-1. I’m going to score the winner and celebrate! I’m joking of course, if only every game went like that,” the 23-year-old stated.

“A 5-4 thriller? I would like beating Juventus with that score if we score the five goals, but we have to be careful in defense. Unlike in England, tactics are an important part of football here in Italy and I’m learning a lot from that,” he said, and continued, “Playing here reminds me of the atmosphere in , because everyone is playing and cheering with deep excitement.”

When asked about his style of football and his effect on the team, Salah replied: “I run on the pitch a lot and I’ve always liked it this way, but there’s more than that. My game is about enjoyment, passion, and bravery.”

Salah was then asked about his decision to join the Giallorossi and his footballing journey.

“There is passion and warmth here in Rome. Besides, Roma and Francesco Totti are very famous in the Middle East. I even had many friends asking me to say hello to Il Capitano for them,” he noted.

Salah explained, “As a young boy, I played on a tiny pitch surrounded by the desert, and as I got older, I would have to ride the bus for four to five hours to attend training sessions. I always dreamed of making it to this stage.”

The interview then took a turn from football, and was asked about the contemporary political and societal complications with Muslims, his work against racism, and the dreams of many boys being placed in jeopardy.

“Respect is the most important thing we have, and it is important for us footballers to spread positive messages,” he declared. “It is the individual who counts and not where they come from.”


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