This story is like a dream and we haven’t put the pen down yet

Thursday, September 22, 2022 12:14 p.m

Attila Szalai is in good shape at his club and is ready to compete with the national team. The defender said that it would be a huge disappointment to be eliminated from Group A.

“This is a dream-like story, but it didn’t just fall into our laps, we worked very hard for it,” said Attila Szalai to the MOL Team when we opened with the question of what he would have said if we told him after the Nations League draw, two rounds before the end the Hungarian national team will lead the group ahead of Germany, Italy and England.

“Our heart and soul is in this result, and the results achieved not only in the League of Nations, but also in the similarly brutal group of the European Championship, prove that with will, belief and organization we can do anything.”

It’s good to praise the Germans

Marco Rossi’s team leads Group A after four rounds, beating England back and forth, drawing at home against Germany, and losing by one goal in a tight game in Italy. If the table wasn’t flattering enough, one of the stars of Friday’s opponent, Joshu Kimmich, said that he rarely plays against such an organized opponent as the Hungarians.

“It is always a good feeling to receive such praise, but we have already said countless times that since we do not have two teams of world stars, we can only perform effectively if we are organized, sharp and compact, we follow the tactical instructions perfectly and we are always ready to help the our partner on the field.”

“We played a good match against the Germans at home, but even better at the European Championship” – Szalai (in the dressing room: Sancho) recalled the match in Munich, where the Hungarian national team, leading 2-1 at the start, was in the hands of advancing, but unfortunately Germany equalised.

“For us players, that match in Munich was a different experience. Seeing the good performance, the fans were quicker to get over the fact that the feat was not achieved than we were. I remember sitting in the dressing room after the game, as devastated as if we had lost. So it’s nice that the fans appreciate the performance, but for us that match is a big thorn in our side,” said the defender with a bitter smile.

Which is the strongest opponent?

The Hungarian national team performs brilliantly in the League of Nations, even though, in addition to Friday’s opponent, there are also two finalists of last summer’s European Championship. We asked the defender which of the three opponents is the most difficult to play against.

“You could analyze the playing power, formation and strategy of the three opponents, but from our point of view this has no significance. “We are playing against footballers who are the best in the world in their position, players of clubs fighting for the biggest goals. It doesn’t matter which one is a hair stronger than the other, we only have a chance against all of them if we focus on ourselves and give everything we have. “

“However, we can be proud that we are at the forefront of such a strong field. We have four fantastic games behind us… yes, I also include the defeat in Italy here, because we didn’t give up, we fought all the way and even after 2-0 we had the ability to improve and make the game close. All I can say is that it would be a huge disappointment to be eliminated from the A division, even if we know that we have two very difficult games left,” explained the defender of Fenerbahce.

“The story that the Hungarian national team has been writing lately is dream-like, and we haven’t put down the pen yet. “I don’t want to rank among the feats, in any case, staying in would not only be a morally important result, but also because then we could continue to hone our game against the best, and the team really needs that.”

He is also living the dream at Fener

Szalai has a great period not only in the national team, but also in his club team. Fenerbahce is leading its group in the Europa League after two rounds, and is tied for the lead in terms of points lost in the championship. The defender does not have an easy task, as Fener is expected to be able to play effectively in several formations, so Sancho is also forced to play in several positions.

Photo: Fenerbahce/Facebook

“According to our coach’s creed, we must be unrecognizable, and thanks to this, I have really changed several positions this year. I have played left inside back in a four-back system, and center back and left back in a three-back system. Of course, these posts have different requirements, but I’m happy to be able to improve” – said the player Marco Rossi relies on on the left side of the three-back system.

By the way, Szalai brings the beginning of the autumn with a very heavy load of matches, his team is fighting on both the domestic and international stage, the two national team matches come in quick succession at the end of September, and after a quick breather, the super match against Besiktas and then the Europa League battle against AEK follows.

“I have to admit, I like this. I love that we play two games a week, and it’s been that way since the start of the season. I see that it has a positive effect on the team and the players individually, just like Fener, I myself look forward to the rest of the fall in good shape,” said Sancho proudly.

Rapidos left?

And speaking of the left side: the captain has been looking for a suitable solution for the position of left winger, who serves in front of Szalai, for years, and although it looks like he has found his man in the person of Zsolt Nagy, the Puskás Academy player is now unable to play with the team due to an injury To Leipzig.

“I don’t want to reveal anything in advance, but everyone who got this position moved very well during the training sessions” – answered Sancho, when we asked him about who could be the team’s winger in front of him, and we even asked him what the harmony is with Kerkez Milos, who is extremely young but had a great season in Holland.

“Milos is a great guy, and I didn’t even know we had a connection before, since he also graduated from Rapid Wien’s academy. As with the other newcomers of the team, we quickly found a common voice with Milos, everyone really feels that the invitation to the national team is an honor. This is our strength, we will build on it against the Germans and the Italians,” Szalai concluded.

The Hungarian national team will meet Germany on Friday, September 23 at 8:45 p.m., and then host Italy at the Puskás Arena on Monday, September 26 at the same time. Both matches will be broadcast live by M4 Sport.

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