Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Extra Time: Zarek Valentin

If you have not already checked out my Northern Exposure-themed interview feature with in-form Bodø/Glimt right back Zarek Valentin, please do so now here (goodie spoiler alert: he has bigger Tippeligaen clubs on his trail at the moment).

Then, enjoy his comments that didn't make the final cut...

On how the team has turned around from one that began the season winless in eight to one on a six-game win streak:

"It took a while to find some chemistry on the pitch. We've got a few new guys in the team, and I'm basically a new guy because I've come back from injury."

On being an underdog promoted side that is willing to take chances and open the game:

"Glimt is always known as one of the best counter teams in the country. When the ball turns over, we commit a few more men forward, but we can also leave ourselves exposed. I think we've been a little bit better at putting out fires during this streak and sharper defensively. And when we turn the ball over, we can get forward and create chances from that."

On the positive effect Glimt right center back Vieux Sané has had on his game:

"No offense to anyone else I've played with, but I just seem to work better with the guy who's playing next to me right now. He allows me to do what makes me a little bit special as a player, to get into attack. He is strong and composed, and he covers me very well. But he keeps me honest and I always try to find a balance [between attacking and defending]."

- Greg Seltzer

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