Czech Republic international Petr Cech has praised Manchester United teenager Anthony Martial, and believes that the player is having a ‘dream campaign’ so far at Old Trafford (via Arsenal.com). Martial, who was a deadline day transfer from Monaco, has scored four times and assisted once for the Red Devils in the space of six games.
While he still has a lot to do before justifying his massive price tag, the young Frenchman certainly has a big impact and Cech believes that shutting him down is a top priority when the teams play each other later today.
Speaking to Arsenal Player, Cech said, “It’s always difficult when you change clubs and come to a big club with a lot of expectation. Everybody wants to see what you are made of but he had a fantastic start to his United career.
“Maybe the enthusiasm and excitement of moving to the Premier League helps at the start, but then people start expecting things from you and every day they keep reminding you that you are the main goalscorer. It was obviously a dream start for him and we have to make sure that doesn’t continue on Sunday.”
The highly experienced Cech went on to reveal that the team had been watching footage of United play this season, so as to be fully prepared to deal with their attackers.
“We always watch footage of our opponents because the more information you get, the better picture you can have in your head during the game. If there are certain things which keep repeating in the game of any team, then it helps.
“I like to watch the players playing against me to have that idea pre-game – then you can adapt because the game keeps changing every minute.
“It’s always good to have an idea of what can happen and the main things that are repeating in your opponents’ game. If you want to organise the people in front of you, this information is the main thing for a goalkeeper to have.”
Cech will need all the preparation he can get. The United attack possesses massive amounts of pace and power; and Gabriel and Mertesacker will be hard pressed to keep them quiet. The main battle will take place in the midfield however; both sides possess players who prefer to play with the ball at their feet and control the tempo of the game. Whichever side wins that battle will take the commanding position. One thing is for sure, it promises to be a very exciting game.