German teen sensation Jamal Musiala on Monday credited his youth in England with helping him develop his creative game, which has quickly transformed him into one of the country’s rising stars. this sport.
The 19-year-old, after a stellar start to the season with Bayern Munich where he has scored nine goals and provided six assists so far, will become Germany’s conductor up front. operates between the central midfield and the forward line.
His pace, passing, creative play and goal-scoring ability were quickly compared with other big names, with former Germany captain Lothar Matthaeus having a similarity to the great Lionel Messi. great Argentina.
Musiala told a press conference: “I think being compared with Messi is something like an honor. “He’s been playing at the highest level for a long time and it’s a bit difficult to be compared to him. I just focus on myself and what I can do best as Jamal and move on.”
Musiala started his career in England as a youngster, moving through the national youth system to the England Under-21 team, but then chose to play for his country of birth, dealing a blow to the England under-21 team. under manager Gareth Southgate.
Few would have thought that just two years ago, Musiala, with his light build, average height and innocent attitude that earned him the nickname ‘Bambi’, would become one of Germany’s key players at World Cup 2022.
However, he brought with him a piece of advice he received from English coaches that helped make him the player he is today.
“I think in England you learn a lot of different things than in Germany. I brought a lot of things with me. People often say ‘play with freedom’,” he said.
“It’s something I’ve carried with me throughout my career and it will stay with me.” He’ll get a chance to show it off on Wednesday’s biggest stage as the Germans start their campaign in Group E against Japan.
They also face Spain and Costa Rica and are eager to make up for their elimination in the first round in 2018. “We have the quality to go far in this tournament,” Musiala said. “We all thought we could win the title. We have prepared well and are looking forward to it.”
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