Following the win over Newcastle United, Bukayo Saka expressed his delight and recognised team captain, Martin Odegaard, for his outstanding leadership and goal-scoring abilities.
Saka was pleased with the win and the team’s ability to close the gap on Manchester City with three games left in the season.
He acknowledged the immense pressure they faced early on in the game. Saka credited Odegaard’s strike for relieving that pressure and allowing the team to take control of the game.
He also praised the team’s high-intensity performance, which was necessary to secure the win against a strong Newcastle side. Saka expressed his pride in the team’s ability to come to St James’ Park and win.
Reflecting on the team’s progress over the past year, Saka acknowledged that they have developed as a team, having already qualified for the Champions League this season, unlike the previous year when they were still challenging for a top-four finish.
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Speaking after the match, Saka says the Norwegian captain is a fantastic leader and is leading by example.
“He’s a fantastic leader, he has been all season,” Bukayo said.
“He’s been leading by example, on and off the pitch. Hopefully he can continue this form. We needed that goal because we were under pressure early on. The first few chances definitely went their way and they had a penalty shout too. After that we scored a fantastic goal, from then we controlled the game.
“It was a really high-intensity game. We really gave everything from minute one to 96, because we needed to. Newcastle are in great form, especially here at home, so I’m really proud that we came here and won.
“Last year we were challenging for something different. It was the Champions League while obviously this year we’ve already qualified, so we can say we’ve progressed as a team.”