Silvestri shares secret to Leeds penalty heroics
By Emma Sanders
Goalkeeper Marco Silvestri has revealed the secret preparations he made ahead of Leeds’ penalty shoot-out against Norwich City on Tuesday evening.
The two sides were fighting for a place in the quarter-finals of the EFL Cup and the keeper produced heroics to help send his side through to the final eight.
The 25 year-old made a number of saves on Tuesday evening but his most noticeable were his penalty stops which prevented Robbie Brady and Alex Pritchard from scoring.
Speaking to the Yorkshire Evening Post, Silvestri admitted he told his wife what to expect after he had prepared for the penalty shoot-out beforehand.
“I told her [his wife], that he [Pritchard] shoots in the middle tonight,” said Silvestri.
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“The idea was this but when you are there, it is difficult to stay still. If he shoots right or left then you are left there.
“It is difficult and I don’t think I’ll do that any more because it’s horrible. But I saved it. Penalty shoot-outs are always a roulette but the preparation was good and I think that gave me a good chance.
“I watched the penalties and I had an idea in my mind but it is difficult to stay with one idea. It was very difficult not to dive.”
Silvestri spent time analysing Norwich’s penalty takers from their previous games before Leeds met them at Elland Road on Tuesday evening.
Leeds finished the game with ten men and Silvestri’s heroics were needed to help send the whites through to the quarter-final.
The keeper has made just three starts so far this season – all of those in the cup competition as his side recorded victories against Luton and Blackburn prior to defeating Norwich on Tuesday evening.
He won’t be expecting to feature against Burton Albion in Leeds’ Championship clash this Saturday but put a marker down with his performance mid-week.
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