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December 14, 2021

Premier League defender shares feelings about trying to mark Salah and Firmino

Sam PrestonNovember 25, 2020

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Newcastle captain Jamal Russells has opened up about what it’s like to try to tag Liverpool duo Mo Salah and Roberto Firmino.

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speak on Get the Macy’s Podcast, (22 minutes) Lascelles said it was very smart for the Reds and that’s what took their game to a different level.

They’re both fast players, but Lascelles said they hardly need that because their understanding of the game and their role on the team already makes them a huge threat.

Lascelles are well aware that it is their football mind that sets them apart from other players, even those in the Premier League.

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“For me, it’s the intelligence of the players. Most players in the Premier League are fast, strong, sharp, physical and so on.

“But the intelligence is different. That’s what lifts teams like Manchester City and Liverpool to a different level.

“Compared to other Premier League teams…the intelligence of Salah, Firmino. They don’t even need physical attributes because they are so smart.

“They know football, they know their role.”

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With the rise of video analytics, top football has no secrets.

Newcastle will know everything about Salah, Firmino and Sadio Mane before facing Liverpool, but they still struggle to stop and have been for years.

Top players can’t continue to produce merchandise without being as smart as Lascelles describes it, and he gives a fascinating insight into what it’s like to try to stop some of the world’s top players.

Firmino has come under some criticism lately for his lack of goals, but he found it against Leicester City on Sunday and Lascelles’ comments made it clear how difficult it is to get close to him.

Salah is back for a visit to Atalanta tonight and the Serie A side’s backline will be tasked with finding a way to control his clever moves.

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Sam Preston is an NCTJ Gold Standard News and Sports Reporter who studied at the Press Association. He also holds a 2:1 Law and French Law degree from the University of Birmingham, which includes a year of study at the University of Montaigne in Bordeaux. He is an FA Level 1 football coach who appeared on the BBC’s Victoria Derby County programme in 2018 and has also written digital football content and games for Colchester United, Mansfield Town and Stockport County day program.

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