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Quick kicks with Atlanta United’s Gerardo Martino

Atlanta United manager Gerardo Martino, speaking before practice on Thursday at IMG Academy, gave some interesting answers to questions ranging from the goal of preseason camp to if he had a preference for which position should be filled with the final Designated Player.

Martino, whose English is improving, used a translator for this interview.

So, off we go:

On the goals of the preseason camp: In the first place it’s to get everyone in shape physically, to improve everyone’s physical fitness. Secondly, it’s to start to generate the style of play that they will play this season.

On Brad Guzan: He’s one of the best goalkeepers in the United States, he’s part of the national team. He’s playing in the Premier League, which is one of the top leagues in Europe. Aside from his quality, he also brings experience to the team having played in MLS and also one of the biggest leagues in the world.

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More on Guzan: The main goal of a goalie is to stop shots. That’s what he does best. The stuff with his feet is nice, but that’s not what made him attractive. It is true that Guzan is good with his feet, but so are the other goalkeepers that they have in camp.

On the fullbacks: First important thing about defenders is defending. It’s true that they have to defend first, but he likes fullback who can go forward, both on the outside and inside and be involved in the game.

On Homegrown Players Andrew Carleton and Chris Goslin: They have great potential. There’s a chance they can make the team. As the season goes, they will spend time with the youth national teams. But he’s sure that over the course of the season they will get minutes with the team.

On if he prefers a 4-3-3: My preferred system is a 4-3-3, but it can be a 4-2-3-1. With the group that is being formed, he thinks they have the capability of playing both.

On the preferred position for the final DP. Before I give his answer, I need to point out these were the only words in English he spoke, which made his answer that much more funny: No comment.

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Note: I asked him more questions, but those answers will appear in upcoming stories.

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