How does Granit Xhaka change his game based on his partner?
The Swiss midfielder played alongside Aaron Ramsey and Jack Wilshere in the Europa League matches against Milan. He occupied the base of the midfield in this formation. In the Premier League, however, Xhaka combines with Mohamed Elneny in a two-man midfield.
The Switzerland international explained the difference between these two formations.
“When I play with Aaron Ramsey and Jack Wilshere, I’m a bit deeper, basically just in front of the defence. Jack and Aaron like to go forward, to get into the box, whereas I’m happy to stay back and build the play from a deeper area. In the past it’s worked well, even if we haven’t had the results to back that up, and in the AC Milan games, we combined well together.”
“Mohamed Elneny likes to sit quite deep sometimes, and think from a defensive perspective. Jack and Aaron naturally go forward more. But we all have our qualities and always try to help each other out.
“I’ve always said that to be successful, you need all 11 players, plus those on the bench and those in the squad. You can’t just win a game because two or three players have a good game. You have to work together as a unit, both in defence and in attack. I think we’ve become stronger defensively because we’re all really focusing on what we need to do.
“Everyone knows that we have a lot of quality going forward, but at the moment I think we’ve got that balance and we need to keep that.”
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