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“Israeli footballers are more technical than English ones”

Maccabi Tel Aviv's on-loan striker Nick Blackman makes surprising comparison as he praises "strong Israeli league"

Andrew Sherwood is the Jewish News Sport and Community Editor

Nick Blackman (second from left) is congratulated by his teammates after scoring in Monday night's win against Maccabi Netanya. Picture: MTA
Nick Blackman (second from left) is congratulated by his teammates after scoring in Monday night's win against Maccabi Netanya. Picture: MTA

Nick Blackman believes footballers in Israel are more technical than those in England.

The 27-year-old Englishman is currently at Maccabi Tel Aviv, having joined them on a season-long loan from Derby County.

Speaking to the club website after scoring in a 3-2 win over Maccabi Netanya, and of his observations of the Israeli league, he said: “It’s a very, very strong league. The players are so technical. More technical than the average in England for sure. 100% more technical.”

Also talking about their start to the season, with Monday night’s win seeing the club to a third straight win, he said: “It’s important that we showed a good attitude from the minute one, until the final whistle,” Blackman told the club’s website after the game.

“Everyone has the ability but that’s not the most important thing; the attitude is the most important thing.

“I always believe in myself I always give 100% every game, like the rest of the players. This is the most important thing.”

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