Manchester United’s Luis Nani has spoken about his love for the Premier League and the more physical demands of the game here in England.
The news may come as a surprise for some fans, many of whom regard him as a weak player physically. However, the United winger insists that he enjoys the physical ‘rough and tumble’ of the English game. The creative player has found himself on the receiving end of many a rough tackle since his Premier League debut, and many defences have resorted to rough tactics in order to contain his modern, skilful style of play.
“The opposition defenders realise if they kick they can get a yellow or red card. So they don’t kick like they did a couple of months ago, but it doesn’t matter because this is football in England”, said the 24 year old Portugal international in an interview with The People.
“I enjoy playing here and you get kicks all the time. This is proper football, strong football and the tackles make football in England beautiful.
“You have to have the tackles in the game otherwise it is nothing.”
With a crucial clash against Chelsea in the Barclays Premier League due to take place today, Nani’s next challenge will come at the hands of a strong and physical Blues defence, namely dangerous new signing David Luiz.
Luiz has proven to be a revelation at Stamford Bridge, playing well in United’s last encounter with Chelsea, and boss Carlo Ancelotti will look to the full back to keep United’s wide style of play contained.
The game will surely be a strong match physically and Nani will be prepared for this after his comments.
“I don’t like the tackles but it doesn’t scare me,” the winger went on to say.
“A lot of the defenders don’t know me, my attitude, how I think about my football, how I think about the way I play the game.
“I am strong and I like to play. I like the defenders to come to me because I can beat them. I know I have the skill to do that.
Nani is likely to feature with Antonio Valencia in United’s midfield today as manager Sir Alex Ferguson will hope to overrun Chelsea with an excellent trademark wide game.