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MICHAŁ HELIK ON POTTERS CLASH

14 September 2021

Our Polish central defender helped preview tomorrow night's trip to Stoke.

ON THE START TO THE SEASON

“I think it hasn’t been the best start for us. We should have had more points and better performances. But there are 40 games ahead of us and opportunities to grow as the season does.

“But we’ve a new coach, a new philosophy, some new faces and we’ve had some issues that have made things a little harder. 

“We need time and patience. I’m sure we’ll improve as the campaign develops.”

BOURNEMOUTH DEFEAT

“We weren’t good enough. We all know we can do better. Much better than that. But we aren’t dwelling on that. We have a quick chance with tomorrow night’s game to put things right.

“We killed ourselves in Bournemouth at the start of both halves.

“The performance was not good enough and we have to show a reaction at Stoke now. The fans deserve to see much more from us.”

FIRST YEAR AT OAKWELL

“I’ve improved a lot since I came to Barnsley. It wasn’t easy, coming abroad for the first time in my career. English football has been good for me, I’ve learnt so much in the last year. 

“Football in England is on the same level as a religion! It is so big here. The level as well is so much higher, compared to Poland for sure. And the amount of games is huge too. You’re playing every three days, plus all the cup games.

“I’ve enjoyed it all, because it’s about experience and learning from each challenge.”

PLAYING FOR POLAND

“The thing I learn the most when I’m with Poland is not to play as aggressive! I have to calm down a little bit when playing international football. It’s much calmer. And my teammates are all the best players in our country so it’s very proud to be a part of that. 

“We are a big country, almost 40,000,000 people. So there are so many players who would like to be in my position. So I can’t get comfortable. I need to keep performing for Barnsley to a high level and hopefully I can retain my place in the national team.”

FANS AT STADIUMS

“It’s a totally different feeling having our fans back. It’s a good feeling. It wasn’t the same with no fans in the stadium last season. That was the one thing missing about last season.

“I want to thank them for their support at Bournemouth especially because we weren’t good enough and I hope we can give them something to shout about tomorrow night in Stoke.”

ON STOKE

“I enjoy any challenge. I’m not bothered which opponent we play. To go and take on Stoke away on a wet Wednesday night is exactly why I came to England. To test myself. 

“We know they won’t be the same challenge as Saturday. They’re a different side and we know it will need a different plan but our mentality has to be right, it has to be better tomorrow.

“There’s a long way to go this season, we can achieve something special if we get things right.”

 


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