Darmian: The differences between English and Italian football

Manchester United fullback Matteo Darmian is excited going to Wembley for their FA Cup semi.

Darmian would relish the opportunity to start the Emirates FA Cup semi-final against Everton this weekend and play his part in making it a day to remember for Louis van Gaal’s men.

“It’s the first time to play there for me so I’m really proud and it’s a big game,” the 26-year-old told reporters. “Every player wants to play in this kind of game but the manager chooses the line-up so I have to be ready.

“We know the importance of the game, it’s a big chance to win a trophy. We want to be ready for the fight, because I think it will be a difficult game, but like always we want to win.”

The Italian international has worked hard to settle as quickly as possible to life in Manchester and is constantly looking to improve.

“I think for a player it’s always difficult to change the culture and also to change the football because the Premier League is different from Serie A,” he explains. “It’s more physical and less tactical, all of the teams play stronger, but I try to adapt to this type of game and this type of football.

“Yes, at the beginning my football was very good but sometimes it can happen, a period when we aren’t so good physically. Now, I’m focused on the end of the season and I look forward to doing better.”

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