The goalkeeper of the Slovak national football team Martin Dúbravka got into the goal of his team Newcastle United last weekend after a 165-day break.
He started between three poles in the 3rd round of the FA Cup on the lawn of Arsenal London, but despite his solid performance and several good interventions, he did not prevent his team from losing 0: 2 after extra time.
A few days after Friday, the 32-year-old goalkeeper admitted that after problems with his member, he was extremely pleased to return to the competition.
“The forced break was very long. After a long time, I got the opportunity to stand in the goal again and I literally enjoyed every minute on the field. It’s just a pity that it didn’t turn out positive for us and we didn’t move forward.
I had a lot of work in the match and I’m glad I was able to show that I still have to be reckoned with. I felt good, I had no complications, and I enjoy it the most. I am ready to continue fighting for my position. So we’ll see, “he said in an interview for the official website Slovak Football Association (SFZ).
He received several commendations for his weekend performance.
“I was pleased that people commented positively on me. There were also such responses that it was not even visible that I was off the field for some time. I appreciate that even more, because that half-year was really challenging for me from a health point of view. .
And not just for me, but for all people. It was caused by a coronavirus. It was a hectic period, but I’m glad that I’m back and that people agreed that my performance was great, “Dúbravka continued.
He added the following to his health problems:
“I was injured during pre-season training while running. I didn’t think it would take me out for such a long time. It was a very difficult time, my girlfriend, family and friends helped me.
It wasn’t easy, but I tried to perceive it as not being injured for a long time, and once it had to come, because football brings such things as well. I didn’t try to think completely negative, although seeing other guys running on the field and enjoying football wasn’t easy.
I worked on other things, whether physically or mentally, mentally. At the moment, I am full of determination, I believe that I will get to the goal again as soon as possible and hold my position. “
Karl Barlow is a competitor of Dúbravka in the fight for the post of team unit.
“I realize he’s caught, but it’s football. A man tries to seize his opportunity. It’s good for him, but on the other hand, I’ll try to do everything I can to defend my position so that I can the goal returned as soon as possible.
It’s up to the coaches now. I think that in the FA Cup I showed that I need to be reckoned with and that it is still in me. I have no doubt about myself, I try to do my best, to improve. I believe that my time will come again soon and that I will be doing at least as before, “hopes the Slovak goalkeeper.
In the autumn of 2020, he was absent from the goal of the Slovak national team in a successful fight for a place at the European Championships, he has not yet caught under the new coach Štefan Tarkovič.
“I have already been in contact with Mr. Tarkovič, we have talked about various topics. We have known each other for some time, whether from working in Žilina or from his national team, when he was an assistant to coach Kozák,” said Dúbravka, who is looking forward to national team fights in 2021.
“As for qualifying for the World Cup, they have drawn a very interesting group for us. It is also very demanding, but not intrusive. It will be a lot of interesting matches, we will be able to compete with quality opponents. Personally, I am very much looking forward to it.
The Euro itself will be something special. Although his model is chosen differently and each match will be played elsewhere. Therefore, the feelings from him will be a little different. The situation in the world must also be taken into account. I am glad that the coronary crisis of football at the international level has not affected so much and can continue.
People have at least some reason to smile when they watch matches and have fun. I believe that we will bring them positive emotions and we will be successful. A new generation is coming that is interesting. She needs to be given a chance and space for the boys to get used to each other.
I firmly believe that this is not the last tournament in which I or this generation of guys will be able to participate, “he added for futbalsfz.sk.
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