Watford boss Gracia: Salah is at the same level in this moment as Messi
Following his marvelous four-goal performance against Watford that guided him to lead the Premier League top-scorers race with 28 goals, several pundits and coaches have compared the Egypt international to the Argentinian star.
“They are both incredible players, they were both unstoppable, yes,” Javi Gracia said. “Honestly, both are fantastic, and now Salah is in a very good moment, one of the best in Europe.
“For me, Salah is not the same as Messi – at the same level in this moment, yes, and you have the same shape to play against the similar formations of the two teams – but you don’t prepare the same to play against both players, it is different.”
The former Osasuna and Malaga manager who faced Messi in La Liga pointed out that both players are equally dangerous and can score at any moment, despite them being two different types of forwards.
“That is the same with both, they have so many qualities, they can do it in a single moment. You can do everything right in your defence, and in one moment you are lost,” he added.
“Players like Messi and Salah, they make decisions, and they decide games. Many times it is not so important what your plan is or the shape no matter how hard you work on it, because a player like that can change it in an instant. That is what happened with Salah,” Graci explained.
Overall, the 47-year-old coach thinks Liverpool is one of the best teams in Europe at the moment.
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