Dubravka: The intensity of Spanish football is different
Manchester United goalkeeper Martin Dubravka is looking forward to participating in the upcoming winter friendlies against La Liga sides Cadiz and Real Betis, and believes the intensity of Spanish football will pose a different problem to playing in the Premier League.
The Slovakian stopper has regularly featured among the substitutes for United this season, since arriving on loan from Newcastle United in the summer, and hopes that the winter break will provide an opportunity to show off his credentials again, after making his debut in the Carabao Cup win over Aston Villa.
“I think it’s very important [the winter training camp],” he said, in an interview with club media.
“It’s good that we have these two opportunities to compete with great sides because these teams have quality players.
“So it’s a good test for us and, it gives the opportunity for the others to be on the pitch.”
Martin has experienced playing against Spanish teams before, and says that there are some marked differences between football in Spain and in England.
“I think intensity is a massive difference,” he said. “You can see it every week in the Premier League, intensity is at the top level.
“I never had the chance to play against these teams [Cadiz and Real Betis], but I have played so many times against Spanish sides, so I know what I can expect from a team like this.
“It won’t be easy [but] it’s going to be a big challenge for them as well. [They] are facing Manchester United, [and] they’re going to be interesting games.”
And it’s not just on the pitch that Dubravka believes the winter camp will benefit the United squad, seeing the time in Spain as a good chance for players to strengthen bonds with one another, and form new ones.
“I think it’s a good opportunity for us to spend a little bit of time outside of football as well,” he said. “To create that relationship together.
“This is a great opportunity for everyone, so I’m looking forward to it. To be a Manchester United player is special, so I’ll enjoy it.”