The Red Devils defender has come out to speak of his strange behavior. Manchester United’s Alex Telles explains why he Kisses and talks to football before taking set-pieces, admitting he even talks to it for good measure.
This unusual routine from the Brazilian full-back has been noticed by many supporters throughout his debut season following his move from FC Porto last summer.
The 28-year-old Telles has made 19 appearances across all competitions so far for the Red Devils and should make it 20 in our Europa League quarter-final second leg against Granada at Old Trafford, following Luke Shaw’s suspension.
In an exclusive interview to preview the European night, Telles explained all about his set-piece habits. He said;
“I believe very much in positive vibes and positive energy.
“So, before I take a set-piece, I kiss the ball to pass on that positive energy,” says Alex. “My faith is very important to me too, which is also why I do this.
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“Before the match, I also make a silent prayer to ask for God’s blessing so I can perform well and to ask for protection during the game.
“But in terms of positive energy, I speak to the ball as well.
“I ask it to go in the right place, like the top corner!”
Telles, who is yet to score his first goal for the Red Devils is looking forward to opening his goal tally account, having seen his striking prowess success with a number of former clubs.
However, the Brazilian insists on his main priority of defending and helping the team win, but happily admits he is
“emotional” about the thought of scoring for the United.
Manchester United’s Alex Telles said:
“Yes, it’s something that I would love to do,”
“I’m quite emotional about it, I’m keen to get that first goal. It would be fantastic to get my first one at United.
“My first job here is to stop goals and defend. But you’re right, at my previous clubs I have scored plenty of goals and I want to do that here. But the priority now is a win to get through to the semi-finals. If we can do that, and I can get on the scoresheet, then it will be a great moment.”
When he was asked if his highly awaited first goal will come from a free-kick or penalty following his specialty in both areas, Telles seemed to agree and hopes to get the opportunity sooner rather than later.
“Definitely, it’s something that I practise and work on all the time. It’s one of my main qualities. But you’re right to say there is some tough competition in that area with Bruno and Luke.
“But it’s something that the boss asks me to do, so if I can get the ball, I will do. So with the work I’m doing in training, I’m ready to take a free-kick when needed. Hopefully I can get a chance soon to put in a dangerous cross or a shot on target. Maybe even against Granada.”