The Toffees winger completed a slick counterattack within the second half and replicated the Man Utd star’s trademark transfer afterwards
Andros Townsend has stated that he copied Cristiano Ronaldo’s celebration as a mark of respect to the Manchester United ahead, after his objective earned Everton a 1-1 draw at Outdated Trafford.
The Toffees winger completed a slick counterattack within the second half to cancel out Anthony Martial’s opener struck earlier than the break and make sure the Premier League recreation ended all-square.
The 30-year-old celebrated by replicating Ronaldo’s well-known trademark run to the nook flag afterwards, however has now claimed that it was not meant to be something aside from a tribute to the Crimson Devils man.
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“Not imitating, it is only a mark of respect to a man who influenced my profession,” Townsend advised BT Sport.
“I spent many hours on the coaching pitch and within the video room attempting to analyse his free kicks and his stepovers and the best way he devoted himself to soccer.
“So it wasn’t an imitation, it was a mark of respect to certainly one of my idols. I most likely did not do the celebration justice and did not execute it correctly.”
Townsend delighted with prolific type
Since his arrival at Everton from Crystal Palace over the low season, Townsend has impressed, arguably rediscovering the best type of his profession at Goodison Park.
With 5 objectives in 9 video games, he admits that he’s ecstatic along with his recreation proper now, including: “I am loving my soccer and I am so completely satisfied to have the chance to play for Everton.
“I’ve stated I ought to be scoring on a extra constant foundation. For one motive or one other, I’ve by no means executed it over the course of the season. It has been an excellent begin however I am able to way more.”
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Some extent at Outdated Trafford implies that Everton, below Rafa Benitez, have produced their finest begin to a season for the reason that David Moyes period over a decade and a half in the past, even with key accidents.
Although the previous Liverpool boss will warning his facet, there can be hope that the Toffees can flip one other robust begin right into a European end this season towards a lot greater rivals.
Benitez will hope that almost all of his squad comes by way of October’s worldwide break unscathed, with a conflict towards West Ham in a fortnight subsequent on the agenda.