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Southampton attacker Elyounoussi: Celtic spell good for me

Southampton attacker Mohamed Elyounoussi admits he's has had to "adapt to the physical part of the game" to make a success of himself in British football.

The 27-year-old, who joined Saints in 2018 from Basel, is looking to help Norway qualify for next year's World Cup by winning two crunch qualifiers over the next few days.

Comparing his time with Celtic to the Premier League, Elyounoussi told the Daily Echo: "The Premier League is the best league in the world, but I would say from a physical point of view, it's a lot similar.

"I came from the Swiss league which was much more playing on the ground, playing football, that technical aspect was much more important than physically – there was not a lot of challenges.

“I had to adapt to that in the Premier League and I think the best way was, when I didn't play much here, to go to the Scottish league and to Celtic.

“I had to adapt to the physical part of the game. I think I did that quite well at Celtic, I played a lot of games as a striker against big, tall defenders, so I had to hold the ball.

“That was something I wasn't used to but I learned how to do it. At some point in my time there I was a target man, playing up to me! Even on the corners, I was the main man, the main target.

“It shows I have developed that part of the game from my side, especially all the European games have been really good for me – playing against all the bigger clubs in Europe especially for the confidence. It's all about confidence."


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