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“Big Difference,You Can’t Compare” An Interview With Angelino

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After a frustrating two years in the Premier League, Spaniards Angelino has rediscovered his form in Germany with RB Leipzig, that saw Manchester City pay a large sum for his services in 2019.

Having played a frustrating six times in those two seasons Angelino made his move to the Bundesliga where he has flourished and found his form once again.

Since 2020 Angelino has made 63 appearances and produced 8 goals, solid in defence and a threat in attack, has seen him become one of the first names of the team sheet in Leipzig.

Join us in taking a look at what makes Angelino the player he has become today.

Interview With Angelino

RB Leipzig are currently the best team in the second half of the season. Comparing the first half of the season with your current situation, how do your emotions differ? What is different now?

“It’s a big difference. You can’t compare the style we are playing now with the first six months, it’s black and white.”

Talking about your new coach Tedesco. What does he do differently?

“We enjoy having the ball more. We focus a lot on ball possession, something that we weren’t focussing on before. He brought this vibe to the team; we have positivity again. I can speak for everybody it was great that he came.”

How did he pick you up on a human level? What was his first speech like?

“It was straight to business. He arrived one or two games before the Christmas break, we couldn’t do much, we didn’t have time to work together. He knew the quality that the team has and just told us to go on the pitch and enjoy and we’ll work from January. Enjoy having the ball again and dominate the game with the ball.”

How does he see your role in the team? What does he value in your game?

“In the first six months, we played football that didn’t suit most of the players. We enjoy having the ball, we have a lot of quality in the squad and the strength is with the ball, everybody is happy when we have most of the possession, and that’s the important thing.”

There are still a few titles possible for you this season. What are your chances in the Cup? And in the Championship?

“We are still there. We have a tough game in the Europa League against Atalanta. It won’t be an easy game, but we are in a good mood, everybody is happy, and we have a big chance this year to achieve something great. Obviously, the first title would be amazing, and we are going to work really hard for it. We have a big chance this year.”

Nkunku continues to blossom this season. What makes him stand out to you and how important is he to the team?

“He’s massive for us, and he’s on fire this year. When he’s near the box, every ball he touches is an assist or a goal. It’s incredible for us to have him here. Hopefully he can keep helping the team in the last part of the season.”

What relationship do you have with your shirt number?

I like the three for Roberto Carlos, obviously. I wore six at PSV. If I could choose, I would
take three or 69, that was the number I made my debut in.”

Which Bundesliga stadium do you like playing in the most?

“Schalke, because I have played there twice and I scored twice, so I like Schalke’s stadium.”

Who has been your toughest opponent in the Bundesliga?

“There are many extremely fast players in the Bundesliga. They run too much – they need to calm down! They are too fast for a Spanish player like me. If I had to name someone, I would say Sané, he’s a particularly difficult player to defend against.”


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James Rees is host of ReesTalks Podcast and a Football, F1 and MMA writer, who strives to bring you the best content aswel as bringing you interviews with some of the sports top stars.