Alisson: ‘Improved with my feet’

Alisson felt he had “a year of waiting” under Luciano Spalletti at Roma but learned to “play better with my feet”.

The Brazilian has been in sensational form this season, catching the eye of teams like Real Madrid, but last season he was backup to Wojciech Szczesny.

“It was a year of waiting,” Alisson recalled in an interview with Undici.

“I expected to play more, but I never gave up at any point, I trained really hard. I also learned to watch the game before I received the ball, so I could play better with my feet.

“That way I already know what I’m going to do.

“A modern goalkeeper has to have positional sense, personality, concentration and above all the ability to read the game in advance.

“As a goalkeeper I have to think that my teammate will make a mistake, so I can always be ready and not be surprised.

“I watch the opponent’s matches and characteristics before I face them, then on the day of the match I focus on my performance.

“I watch my videos, the saves I’ve made and why I did that. I focus a lot on concentration.

“Then in the dressing room I try to visualise what will happen in the match.”

Alisson also discussed current Lupi boss Eusebio Di Francesco.

“Di Francesco is an intelligent man and he has a fierce will to win, like me. It’s a virtue, I’m glad the boss wants to win more than anyone.”

Assuming he’s not injured, the 25-year-old will be in goal for Brazil at the World Cup this summer…

“I never imagined it, but I always dreamed of it,” Alisson said.

“My dad always used to say to me: ‘think big and you’ll be great’. After my first game I decided to become one of the best goalkeepers for the Brazilian national team.

“I know I’m not perfect, which is why I sometimes work too much, I’m really hard on myself.

“The internal pressure, my own, comes first and weighs on me more than any that comes from outside.”

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