‘THERE’S ONLY ONE MICHAEL MURPHY AND HE WILL GET STRONGER’ – MCGUINNESS

first_imgJim McGuinnessFormer Donegal manager Jim McGuinness has said Donegal’s Michael Murphy will get stronger as he gets fitter through the season.Writing in his Irish Times column, the Glenties man said it was their “innate quality’ which saw them overcome Fermanagh.But he singled out a number of players including Murphy, Frank McGlynn and Odhrán MacNiallais as being the stand-out players. McGuinness wrote “The Donegal-Fermanagh game on Sunday was interesting in that it exaggerated the division between teams accustomed to operating within the top tier and those beyond it.“With the exception of Neil McGee’s sending off, the match ran along expected lines: a tight opening period gradually opening into a relatively comfortable win for Donegal. Fermanagh exhibited the confidence acquired last summer in the opening half in Ballybofey but they lacked the quality to keep pace with Donegal over 70 minutes. When you think of Donegal, it was innate quality that saw them through.“First on my list in that respect would be Frank McGlynn for his overall game intelligence, his defensive positioning and his ability to initiate attacks – and to take a score. The other big plus was the emergence of the two debut players of immense potential, Mark Anthony McGinley and Eoin McHugh.“Odhrán MacNiallais was the outstanding player on the field and seems to be growing in stature all the time. He is a classical Donegal midfield player; very stylish and a ball player who sees things early and who possesses a devastating finishing touch. “Patrick McBrearty looked strong and dangerous and even though Fermanagh operated a sweeper, Donegal were able to play around it fairly comfortably. Funny, a lot of the ball Patrick saw was delivered by Michael Murphy. And this is the ongoing debate about Donegal. There is a slogan in Donegal: There’s only one Michael Murphy. It’s true and more is the pity.“I heard through the grapevine that Michael worked extremely hard to be fit and ready for this game and having come through it, he will be in a strong position as he prepares to play Monaghan.“He wasn’t all-dominating against Fermanagh but his delivery was excellent and when his team were struggling in the middle, he came out and essentially recovered that area to give Donegal the platform to go ahead and win. Donegal’s experience was paramount here.“The sending off might have upset the team but as it turned out Fermanagh were completely outplayed in the second half, psychologically and in terms of technical ability. You couldn’t have asked much more from 14 men in the second half.”‘THERE’S ONLY ONE MICHAEL MURPHY AND HE WILL GET STRONGER’ – MCGUINNESS was last modified: June 14th, 2016 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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‘Salah could win Ballon d’Or, but he’s no Ronaldo’

first_imgMohamed Salah Hamann: Salah could win Ballon d’Or, but he’s no Ronaldo Chris Burton 16:38 5/20/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Mohamed Salah Liverpool Getty Mohamed Salah Cristiano Ronaldo Real Madrid v Liverpool Real Madrid Liverpool UEFA Champions League The Liverpool forward has netted 44 times during a stunning 2017-18 season, but a former Reds star still sees him in the shadow of a Real Madrid icon Mohamed Salah has been told he can be Liverpool’s answer to Steven Gerrard in the Champions League final, while putting himself in Ballon d’Or contention, but Dietmar Hamann says the Egyptian is still operating in the shadow of Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo.A man with 44 goals to his name this season is readying himself for one final outing in what has been a remarkable debut campaign at Anfield, with Jurgen Klopp’s side due to face Zinedine Zidane’s reigning European champions in Kiev on May 26.That contest will see two of world football’s brightest stars go head-to-head, with the fixture already being billed as Salah versus Ronaldo as two leading contenders for the title of best player on the planet prepare to lock horns in continental competition. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Hamann is looking forward to seeing two men performing at the peak of their powers showcase their talent, with the German, despite his strong ties to Liverpool, expecting a Portuguese phenomenon to show once again why he is considered to be one of the greatest of all time.The 2005 Champions League winner told the Daily Mirror: “Everything Salah touches this season turns to goals – but in a game like this I would have to go with the old man [Ronaldo] because he’s done it so many times before.“Salah has had an incredible season – and the hope at Anfield is that he’s got even better years ahead of him. But while the future belongs to Salah, the here and now still belongs to Ronaldo, a player with a proven track record.“This is, however, an opportunity for Salah to really make his mark at the highest level.“It doesn’t get any bigger than a Champions League final against Real Madrid, who are probably the most iconic club in the world.“If Liverpool win then I think that Salah would become favourite to land the Ballon d’Or.“But if you are asking me who I would rather have in my team at this moment in time then I would have to go for Ronaldo.”Liverpool will be looking to Salah for inspiration against a side going in search of a hat-trick of Champions League crowns, with Hamann of the opinion that the 25-year-old could emulate the performance of Reds legend Gerrard from an iconic meeting with AC Milan.Mohamed Salah future Cristiano Ronaldo present Dietmar HamannHe added: “If you want to win big trophies then you need your big players to step up when it matters. Liverpool have got other big talents like Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino – but Mo Salah is THE man.“In that respect, he can inspire Liverpool against Madrid like Steven Gerrard did when we played Milan.“If you are a goal or two behind – or three, like we were in Istanbul – you see someone like Gerrard alongside you and you know you’re still in the game.“You know that you’ve got a team-mate with a special talent, someone who can create a goal out of nothing, or produce a bit of brilliance to get you back in the game.“It’s hard to describe what kind of belief having those game-changing players in your team gives you.“If you’ve got a goal-scorer of Mo Salah’s class in your side you know you’re never out of the game. It’s like having a talisman. Steven Gerrard was one – and Mo Salah can be one.”last_img read more

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