Montella: Only Messi is faster than Salah

Published On 20/03/2015 | By AFS Staff | Africa, Europe, Latest News, Premier League, Serie A, Top Stories, UEFA Europa League

Fiorentina coach Vincenzo Montella has hailed Egyptian Mohamed Salah and suggested that only Barcelona star Lionel Messi is faster with the ball at his feet.

Salah was in devastating form as The Viola defeated Roma to advance to the quarter-finals of the Europa League on Thursday evening.

The Egyptian failed to find the back of the net but struck the word-work twice, one of which after a sensational run from inside his own half.

Salah who joined Fiorentina from Chelsea as part of the deal that took Juan Cuadrado the opposite way has impressed with a string of eye-catching performances.

Asked by Sport Mediaset Premium if Fiorentina got the best out of the money-plus Salah deal for Cuadrado, Montella said: “Maybe right now we have got the better deal, for now we have benefited.”

“We knew the superb characteristics of the player, but we did not expect him to have such an impact on Italian football. Perhaps only Messi is faster than him with the ball at one’s feet.”

Salah was rested for Fiorentina’s weekend Serie A fixture but likely to maintain his starting role when they travel to Udinese on Sunday.



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