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Florent Malouda talks about the Egyptian League and Wadi Degla

Posted on May 30, 2016


Wadi Degla’s Attacking Midfielder opens up about his club, the and his relationship with .

In an interview with French website footbal365 Malouda spoke about the competitiveness of the Egyptian Premier League and Wadi Degla’s progress, as well as his and Hadary’s effects in the dressing room.

When asked why he came to he said, “Patrice Carteron and I had planned to work together and when he told me he signed for Wadi Degla, I immediately jumped on the first plane and joined him.”

Speaking about the difference between the Indian League and the Egyptian League he said, “I would say there is a little more intensity and pace in the Egyptian championship. This is a very good championship, which is also highly rated in Africa. Most Egyptian players are in the country, and they have a very strong national team that comes to the forefront.”

“The only negative thing in my opinion, is the fact that matches are played to the cameras. The passion that the country has for football is unbelievable and when I see such support from the fans in the National team’s matches I think it must be something when the stadiums are full.”

He spoke about Wadi Degla’s progress in the league since he signed,  “I think first that the coach has done a good diagnosis on arrival targeting the vulnerabilities of the team. Then we worked on the weaknesses, stabilizing the defense to become the team that conceded the least goals.”

“It took tactical and physical work to improve the players which helped us make a difference in a late time in the game and helped us compete with the best teams in Egypt. There is a huge gift of self, and I think this development is behind our spectacular comeback in the standings.”

Talking about his role in the dressing room and Essam El-Hadary, ” Of course every day, with Essam El-Hadary, we motivate the troops. We constantly share our ambition in the dressing room, which allowed us both to have such a record and the fact that we play for Wadi Degla doesn’t ask fewer requirements than in a big club.”

“On the contrary, these young players have great potential and we explain that there are a lot of sacrifices to make. It’s that example that we try to give every day, we always explain that all the great players they see on TV in the European or African Champions Leagues, are very rigorous in training, and behind that actually hides a lot of work.”

“My goal is to win the podium and qualify the team for a continental competition, which has never happened in the club’s history.” Malouda concluded.


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