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Match Preview: Loughborough Futsal vs. Manchester Futsal

by Nathan Linley


Manchester will make the trip down to the Netball/Badminton Centre of Loughborough University this weekend as they take on Loughborough Futsal Club.

The Blues are on a bad run currently with only one win from their last six games and will be determined more than ever to drastically change their fortunes.

New additions to the squad on transfer deadline day were made by Manchester and those faces include Bruno Costa, Luke Berry, Ben Seol and Yussuf Abdullahi, most of them featured for the Blues during their historic friendly match last month against Manchester City.

Manchester lie in 9th in the Super League, just six points above Genesis Futsal Club in the relegation zone and Sunday's opponents sit two points behind the Blues in 10th.

Loughborough's top goalscorer so far in the 2017/18 season Kyle Lilley will be one to watch out for as he has managed to net seven times in six appearances this season.



Head Coach Sergi Saldana has never been more determined to get three points and feels like this weekend will be good timing for it after their good performance against London Helvecia last Sunday.

"Raducio King and Ilya Ovechkin are still injured which is unfortunate.  We have not had the chance to train as a full squad which is not ideal.  It is crucial for us to get three points against Loughborough because of the run that we are currently on.  Hopefully the players will approach the game in the same way as they did against Helvecia last week, we should win if this is the case." 

First team player and England International Doug Reed says that Manchester will need to be at their best to beat Loughborough and has spoke about his first season playing under Saldana.

"With the two teams so close in the table, it is a really important game and we'll need to be at our best.  We need to continue with the same attitude as the last two games.  Even though we didn't win those games, it has been a big improvement.  It is going to be an exciting game".

"Sergi has challenged us by demanding a high level of tactical understanding.  This is unusual in England as it is taking time for us as a group of players to adapt.  But with patience and effort, we will get there and then we'll have an important advantage over others.  Personally, I have learnt a lot and I am enjoying his way of playing."

The game will take place on Sunday 4th February and will get underway at 1pm.