Michael Duffy: Q&A
Dundalk FC winger, Michael Duffy, answered a number of questions in a quickfire Q&A session with dundalkfc.com. The Derry native has had a brilliant debut season for the Lilywhites since signing from Glasgow Celtic FC.
Who works hardest in training?
John Mountney works the hardest I think. Going by when he was injured and the amount of running he was doing to get himself back fit, he was training more than the boys that weren’t injured.
Who is the most skilful player you have played with?
Patrick McEleney! I’ll probably get some grief for saying him but Fats does some stuff in training and in games that only he would think of or even attempt.
Who is the best player you’ve ever played against?
Corentin Tolisso, he plays with Bayern Munich now. I played against him when he was playing for the French under-21’s and he was unreal – he didn’t lose the ball once.
Would you rather win the FIFA World Cup or the UEFA Champions League?
If I could pick then I’d rather win the World Cup. It’s biggest tournament in football.
If Dundalk FC could sign a player from the past or the present who would you pick to play alongside?
I would pick Paddy McCourt. I trained with him a few times before and he’s just a genius.
If you could play one game from the history of football, what would it be?
The 2011 UEFA Champions League final in Wembley between Barcelona and Manchester United. Barca and Lionel Messi were a joke that night.
Who has the worst taste in fashion in the Dundalk FC dressing room?
Chris Shields because he wears Puma jeans 🙂
If you were to captain a 5-a-side team, what other 4 players in world football would you pick?
For my 5-a-side team I would pick Lionel Messi, Thierry Henry, Sergio Ramos and Xavi – and I’d be in nets.
Who has the strangest superstition in the Dundalk FC dressing room, and what is it?
Robbie Benson – he needs to put black tape around each of his toes before every game.
Who is the toughest opponent in training?
Shane Grimes! Even if it’s shape or set pieces, he doesn’t ease off on anyone.
Do you have any advice for younger kids wanting to become a football player?
My advice would be to just to work hard and never give up – and always enjoy playing football.
If you can have one superpower what would it be?
I would chose to be a mind reader, because in future I can read the ‘keepers mind before I hit a penalty
What’s your biggest influence in life and what drives you to become better?
My Da probably has had the biggest influence on me towards football. He’s always supporting me and trying to get the best out of me.
What goes through your mind when you walk out at Oriel Park before a game?
I think about winning. I just think positive that in 90 minutes I’ll be walking back to the changing rooms after a good win and performance.
What is your usual routine before a match? Any rituals or music you listen to?
The only one I had all season was I wore the rain jacket to warm-up in every game, no matter if it was roasting outside.