Royal Antwerp defender Daniel Opare eager to return to form

Royal Antwerp defender Daniel Opare has spoken about his dip in form in recent months and his eagerness to get back to his best.

Opare is now second choice to Portuguese right back Aurélio Buta who has moved ahead of him in the pecking order.

The Ghanaian international readily admitted that he has failed to hit expected height but vowed to return to the level that won him admiration from many quarters at the start of this campaign.

“Well, it happens to everyone, even top players,” he says in GvA . “Look at Philippe Coutinho: a good player at Liverpool, but he suddenly has a hard time with Barcelona. Sometimes you end up in such a situation and then you just have to work hard and not give up. I believe in myself and in my qualities. ”

The 27 year old also insists he relishes the competition with Buta.

”Buta is really a very good one, I could see that up close. A different kind of right back than myself. I am more defensive, play more physical and have more experience.

”But it also plays a part in what the coach requires of course. Just like Buta, I am fast and I like attacks, but sometimes you get the assignment to focus on the defensive work”

Opare joined Royal Antwerp in the summer as a free agent after his relationship with Augsburg ended in a frosty way following his botched move to Schalke in the winter transfer window.


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