In an interview with MUTV ahead of Manchester United’s away trip to Anfield to face long time rivals Liverpool in the Premier League, Alex Telles expects a close game.
The Brazilian left back isn’t new to fiercely contested derbies as he played 10 times in the O Clássico against S.L. Benfica during his time at FC Porto.
“From my previous experience [of playing in derbies] I think it’s important to concentrate. Derbies are decided by details and the team that focuses more on the fine details will win.”
Alex Telles also acknowledged the fans involvement in making this match so important and he was very much aware of the gravitas of this fixture when he signed for United in 2020.
“You’re already highly motivated for a ‘clasico’ by the nature of such a big game.
“I don’t think any additional motivation is required to have a good game at a tough away ground. We’re representing Manchester United, we are all motivated and aware of our duty.
“It will be a difficult game, though we’re preparing for the game to win it.”
When he was asked about his relationships with his fellow compatriots who play for Liverpool, Telles said:
“Friendship remains off the pitch, when we step on the pitch, we fight for our team, our teammates.”
Former Manchester United captain, Roy Keane would be whole heartedly agreeing with the Brazilian up until he goes on to say:
“There’s no friendship on the pitch until the final whistle blows, then we’re good friends again.”
Regardless of his friendship with some of the opponents for tomorrow night’s game, Telles and his United teammates are aiming to take the three points back to Old Trafford to keep the club’s hope of a top four finish and Champions League football for next season alive.Embed from Getty Images
This will be no easy task however, as Liverpool are chasing the Premier League title, being only one point behind current league leaders Manchester City.
If Telles plays tomorrow he will have the task of marking the Premier League’s top goal scorer, Mohamed Salah, an ordeal not many would be envious of.