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Match Preview: Manchester Futsal vs. London Helvecia

by Nathan Linley


It’s that time of the week again as Manchester Futsal Club will take on reigning champions London Helvecia at the Belle Vue Sports Village on Sunday.

Manchester will go into the game with not the best run of form of late.  Without a win in their last four games.  The Blues will be vowing to get out of the run that they’ve been on and turn their fortunes around.

Their opponents Helvecia, lie second in the FA National Futsal Super League at present and arrive at Belle Vue coming off the back of a 3-1 victory against Loughborough at the Leyton Score Centre.

Head Coach Sergi Saldana says his team are in a transitional period as they look to implement a different strategy when the reigning champions come to town.

“As I said last week, we are changing our way of playing and changing our way of defending.  It’s not ideal because we are in the middle of the season, but the players are adapting quickly and maybe in a couple of games, we will see a big change.”

First team player Danny Stapleton will return to action this weekend after returning to full training this week and is excited about the prospect of returning and putting on the blue shirt.

“I feel this will be a real test for us, Helvecia are a good team. I think that we have done a lot more work since we last played them with regards to our style of play. The games against good teams are the ones that I love to play in and I think this will be one of those games.”

“I was back into full training on Tuesday just gone, I have been nursing this soft tissue injury done in the game against Cambridge and have been out since, hopefully I’ll be able to get through the Helvecia game without it hindering me.”

“The past few games haven’t gone our way, but I don’t think it’s due to us playing badly, we don’t seem to be able to finish our chances as of late. I think we just need to keep plugging away and playing how we have been doing but with more desire to be ruthless in front of goal.”

“I hate not being able to play, sitting on the side lines watching isn’t where I want to be with the injury but it’s the only thing I could do until was back at full form. I obviously don’t want to be injured and miss these games, but patience is the key with any sort of injury. I’ll be back this weekend hopefully helping the team pick up some points.”

Manchester kick off another double header at the Belle Vue Sports Village at 2:30pm in what will be a great game with some top-quality futsal that will be on show.  Manchester Futsal are offering free entry to students from Manchester Metropolitan University and UCFB Etihad Campus.  Get down and support the Blues.