Postgame: Sacha Kljestan on #NYvDC

New York Red Bulls captain Sacha Kljestan

On whether things started clicking tonight:

"Yeah, it felt a little good, we created some good chances tonight which was nice to have, to have some clear cut chances and have the guys bury them. Obviously getting the ball on the set piece helps. Alex Muyl made a great play so that was good, I think the most important thing for us is now three home games and three shutouts."

On changes in fortune tonight:

"I think it helps that we went back to our old formation and the guys feel a little more comfortable and an important aspect of our game is having our guys feel confident and comfortable. Obviously when I play in the middle I get the ball more often and hopefully I can settle the game down for us and try to make plays to make the guys around me better so I think I did that pretty good tonight."

On his own performance tonight:

"Almost complete. I guess no matter what I do, I'll never say I had a 10 out of 10 game, so, almost complete. I won a lot of 50/50 balls which I think was important in the midfield, I knew playing against DC was going to be very combative game, it was going to be a lot of 1v1 battles, a lot of second balls. So I think second balls, we said as a team for us this year, the more second balls we pick up the better we can be in the attacking third. So overall that was very successful tonight." 

On playing a rivalry match:

Yeah, we knew what we were going to get out of this game and even at halftime I walked past Ben Olsen and he was like "man, I love these games, I love the way it's going. I wish I could be playing right now." and I was like yeah, it's pretty fun. We knew what it was going to be like, we knew it was going to be a battle and I think, for the most part, we got the better of them and usually that's what they're good at, they're good at winning 50/50s, they're good at fouling, and they're good at being physical and I think we matched that and then ultimately our soccer paid off."

On the formation and whether it works for the players:

"For the pieces we have, I think so. You look at the 4-2-2-2, that a team like Leipzig does and you know, they have different types of guys. With the guys we have, the comfort level is just higher in the 4-2-3-1, obviously it's been over two years now we've been playing that and obviously I've been playing in that middle spot for a while so the comfort level is higher."

 

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