Interview

‘He’s got this aura and he loves the details’

Unai Emery

Unai Emery may have only been at the club for less than three months, but already Shkodran Mustafi has been impressed with our head coach’s attention to detail.

Mustafi played the entirety of last weekend’s Premier League clash against Manchester City, and he’s feeling confident under the guidance of our new head coach.
 
“I quite like the idea that the coach has on how he wants to play,” he said. “He is going to bring us forward because he knows exactly what he wants to do and what he wants from the players.
 
“He knows exactly what kind of game we want to play. That’s important because he can show you who you are on the pitch. You know exactly what the coach wants you to do when you have the ball and how to move. That’s important when you have a lot of young players.
 
“When I first met him, he had this aura that he knew exactly what he wants to do, what he wants to be working on, what are is priorities and he was very detailed. He was not trying to show us new football but he was trying to put one idea into the team which is the same for everyone and we work for the same things.
 
“Most of the time, they were basic things. They were nothing special – he is not trying to change the football world. He is someone who has a clear idea and is looking at details, to one or two metres. In today’s game that is very important because most of the time it is one or two metres that decides if it's a goal or no goal. My first impression was that he is someone who really knows what he wants and really sticks to his idea.”