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Manchester vs Sussex - Super League Preview

by Nathan Linley

Manchester will host their second FA Futsal Super League game in a week as they prepare to face Sussex at the National Cycling Centre on Sunday.

The Blues go into the game on the back of two straight victories after a highly entertaining 9-4 victory against Salisbury United last weekend, inspired with a brace from Raducio King.

It is also predicted to be a weekend where more Development Team players will get some game time in the first team after some eye-catching performances from a few youngsters last Sunday.

It will also be the return of ex-Blues player and England International Doug Reed, who joined Sussex over the summer.

First Team Coach Sergi Saldana spoke with and said that training has not been ideal this week but feels that his side are in a position to take all three points on Sunday. Here’s what he had to say.

After securing back-to-back wins in the Super League, coupled with a lot of Development Players being involved in those wins, what has the confidence been like in training this week?

“We have had plenty of players that couldn't train due to small injuries or discomfort. Also, Sam [Richardson] and Jose [Almeida] have been abroad. So, it hasn't been a suitable week to prepare for the game vs Sussex but at least the young players have made progress and they have trained with us at a great level.”

Sussex have been tipped to be right near the top of the table at the end of the season, what are your thoughts on your opposition on Sunday?

It seems that way yes, Sussex are going to be one of the strongest teams of the league this season so we want to compete this game, and to try to keep winning and see if we can be on top of the table as well.

Doug Reed will return to the club for the first time since his departure in the summer, how do you feel that he will be playing against you at the weekend?

Doug will play against us for first time so I'm sure he will give his best, and to show us that he made the right decision. He's a strong player and he will bring intensity to his team. 

Does your team have a game plan in place to get the victory and to go for three wins in a row in the Super League?

We have the same plan as in the previous matches, maybe increase our intensity especially in defence. Focus on all the aspects that we are in training and try to keep the offensive balance, meaning to try to play with sense and coherence.

Manchester will face Sussex at the National Cycling Centre on Sunday, kick off at 2:30pm. Tickets are still available for this huge event in the city. Get your match tickets here.