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The boss discusses NFS, ProFutsal London and pre-season

by Nathan Linley

Sergi Saldana has said that the playing levels in the newly-reformed National Futsal Series (NFS) are a 'mystery' as his side prepare to take on ProFutsal London on Sunday.
 
After a pre-season which has seen lots of changes from both court and governance, Manchester have been preparing for another season in the top flight of English futsal.
 
Manchester were knocked out of the FA Futsal Cup by Sunday's opponents last season after a 5-4 defeat. Manchester will be wanting to make amends when the first-ever NFS fixture gets underway.
 
Saldana has been speaking to Manchesterfutsal.com about his initial thoughts on the campaign ahead and Sunday's season opener.
 
"It has been a weird pre-season because we haven't had enough time to train with the whole team", Saldana said.
 
"We have had some players doing trials with us and it hasn't helped either. We have been able to train with all the team together just this last week so we are going to have two weeks in a row with the first NFS games and then we will have 3 weeks to finish our preseason and try to have all the ideas and concepts of how to play clear."
 
The Spaniard believes that he goes into the season not knowing what to expect but will take each game as a learning curve to fine-tune his team.
 
"I think it is a mystery how the level [in the NFS] is going to be. With new teams joining the league like Worcester, Kent and Bolton, we don't know what we are going to find. I am pretty sure that all the clubs have prepared the new NFS conscientiously so it is going to be difficult to win but we intend to try to compete to win the league. After a few games, we will see if we are wrong or we are going in the correct way to compete at a high level."
 
"I would like to win to Pro Futsal because is a good way to start but, yes, also because last season I didn't like how we competed against them and I don't know if we can say revenge but yes wanting to play better."
 
Saldana went on to talk about the incomings and outgoings of his team. But at the same time, maintaining his philosophy of nurturing talented youngsters. 
 
"Some players have indeed left but with the new incorporations from development team plus the new players, I think that we have a more balanced team. Scott and Harry will give us a lot of intensity, and Kai competitiveness in goal. And we are happy because we have plenty of young players that are pushing to be promoted, showing us their level in every training session."