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Chidera Ejuke: And if Emil was snoring, I would throw him off the balcony

Chidera Ejuke — on the training camp in Spain and his neighbor.

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— Chidi, how do you like the training camp? Have you ever been to Austria before?
— Exactly in this place, no, I haven't, but I played with Nigeria national team against Austria, I think, in Vienna. And this place is nice, we like it here, it's good to train: the field is close to the hotel, all the facilities are nearby. This makes it easier for us to prepare well for the season.

— How did you spend your vacation?
— First, I went to Dubai for a week. I've never been there, I really liked it. Then I went back to Nigeria and spent time with my family. We were all given special programs for the holidays in order to keep us in shape. I was doing mine. In fact, it is important that there is some physical activity during the rest, it keeps you in good shape.

— The question is not as idle as it may seem, but what was the weather like in Nigeria?
— It was very hot, sometimes it rained, which is typical for our climate in this season.

— I mean, we see about the same thing in Austria now — the temperature is 30 degrees, and today it was raining.
— You're right, it's very similar to Nigeria, with one nuance: it's even hotter and it pours more there. Therefore, it is absolutely comfortable for me to train here.

— Tell us a few words about working with Aleksey Berezutskiy. How does it feel to train with him?
— He does everything he has to do. We're getting used to each other now. He tells us about his plans, builds up the work. Let things run their course. We are glad that we have coach at the training camp, and he looks after us. I hope that everything will be successful for us in the season as well.

— Today, when the team was practicing finishing attacks, you scored some great goals and Aleksey Vladimirovich praised you. I've been watching you for a long time, and I've noticed that you've improved in finishing, in the accuracy of your kicks.
— Yes, I agree. I feel it myself too. As an attacking player, I want every shot to hit the target, and I'm constantly working on my kicks. The team plays for you, brings the ball to the goal, and you must not let them down. I understand this and try my best, and I spend a lot of time practicing finishes.

— What were the reasons for your improvement?
— There are several components. Official matches help here: the more games you play at a high level, the more experience you gain. Conversations with the coaches are also important: the specialists give you their knowledge, they understand all the nuances of the game. Well, and constant practice in trainings, of course. Scoring goals often won't work without it.

— Now we are approaching your and Emil hotel room (at these words, Bohinen, who previously walked from the field to the building, keeping a distance of a few steps, catches up with us in no time. — Ed.). Your neighbor said a lot of nice things about you yesterday.
— Really?
— No, — Bohinen interjects into the conversation.

— Really, don't even doubt it. Now it's your turn: tell us one thing about Emil that no one knows.
— He's a great dancer (laughs).

— Really? Emil, can you show us?
— No one will ever see it (laughs too).

— So what's he dancing, Chidi?
— He has a lot of different moves, small things. He can dance in different styles.
— And even in Nigerian, — Bohinen adds.

— Emil said right here yesterday that if you were snoring in the middle of the night, he'd kick you out of the room.
— And if he was snoring, I would throw him off the balcony (both laugh). I'll just take him out there with the bed, and... but it won't come to that: we get along great, we just like to tease each other sometimes.

Roman Lyakhovenko
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