Former Liverpool and England striker Nigel Clough criticized modern players for their habit of celebrating goals.
According to the Englishman, in his time everyone limited themselves to a handshake or a clap on the shoulder, no one ran to the corner flag to celebrate.
The players understood that there was no need to waste their energy on this, because after the whistle they would have to win the ball again.
“I don't see the point in celebrating goals when the game is still going on. If you score the winning goal in the last minute and you know it's practically the last kick of the game, then you're welcome.. But celebrate at the end of the game – that's why we always approach the fans.
Yes, you feel happy for yourself when you score, but I think that's a bit overkill. Be a little more reserved about this, save your energy because when the game resumes you have to take the ball back. And at the end of the match, if you managed to win, it's time to celebrate it. Even at the end of the season – yes, you celebrate every victory, every match without defeat, but then if in the end you achieve nothing, it’s all in vain.
You used to get a little pat on the back or on the head or someone shaking your hand – people like Ian Bauer or Harry Birtles who won European Cups. Even after a goal in the semi-final or even in the final of the European Cup, no one ran to the corner flag or anything like that, because then they knew that as soon as the game resumed, they would have to throw everything they had to win the ball back, to defend own goal, maintain the lead or increase it,” Clough was quoted as saying by the BBC.
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