Australian goalkeeper Mat Ryan has taken a break from the La Liga to fulfilling international duties at the FIFA World Cup Qualifiers for Russia 2018. While he is away, he speaks up about the criticism that he receives from some Valencia fans, and what he thinks about getting on the good side of his new coach.
Socceroos keeper Mat Ryan will return to Valencia Football Club next wee to try and help the team climb up the Spanish La Liga table. At the moment, the once illustrious club is languishing near the bottom of the table after losing 5 out of their 7 games this season.
The dismal performance has led fans to become frustrated and they have been very vocal on social media. Ryan spoke to The World Game about the comments and shared his thoughts.
“With social media these days it’s being more and more amplified in every aspect,” he said. “When a team’s not doing well they’re there to vent their frustrations at 2am or 3am in the morning when we’re returning from a defeat away from home somewhere,” he added.
Ryan acknowledged that the fans’ reactions do have an effect on him and his teammates. “I didn’t realize how much a fan base can have an affect on a club. They’ve got a lot of power,” he said.
Meanwhile, the team is doing everything to improve their standings. They have just appointed former Italy coach Cesare Prandelli to take charge. Ryan knows that if he wants to play regularly, he will have to work hard to impress his new boss.
Before Prandelli’s arrival, Brazilian goalkeeper Diego Alves has been favored to start for the club. Since joining Valencia in July 2015, and having five managers later, Ryan has only been able to play in 10 league games. If he wishes to become a regular starter, Ryan knows that he would have to prove himself to Prandelli.
Valencia’s next La Liga match will be against Real Sporting de Gijon on Sunday, Oct. 16.