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Saldana: "We need to stay competitive!"

by Nathan Linley

Manchester Futsal first team coach Sergi Saldana has emphasised to his team that they need to remain competitive rather than focus on winning the Super League this season.

The Spaniard has stressed that his players need to be able to walk before they can run as they build up to their biggest game of the season today against league leaders, Reading Escolla.

The Blues go into the game unbeaten in their last three games and taking a point away from Oxford City at Farningdon last time out and with their only defaet coming on the opening day against London Helvecia.

Their opponents Reading Escolla are high flying at the moment with four games played, four games won and a 21 plus goal difference.

Sergi Saldana believes that their players will get their reward if they keep maintaining that same positive attitude.

"After the first four games, it seems that Reading [Escolla] are the favourites to win the league this year. They have very good players and they are very clear about the way that they play."

"For us, as I said at the beginning of the season, our aim is not to win the league, our aim is to be competitive in all games without exceptions so, for this reason, my thoughts for today are exactly the same: play with intensity, with passion, with sense, as a team and if we get 3 points, then great! We will take one game at a time."

Saldana also encouraged friends and families of players to get down and support the team in order to generate more interest in the sport.

"My players are really pushing to improve, all of them are committed to this and I would like to see a reward for their efforts because this club is growing and the next step is to have more people interested in this team. We need to see and feel that we have people following and supporting us. I would love to see all our young players encouraging the team because at the end of the day, most of them will finish playing for the first team and some of them even playing for the National team. But also, we need the support from their parents, their friends, our friends, families, workmates, etc. We need a lot of people coming to Velodrome or Belle Vue to support the team and to enjoy with this amazing sport."

Today's game takes place at the Belle Vue Leisure Centre and kick off is at 2pm.