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Matt Le Tissier
Spelling Matthew Le Tissier
Gender Male
Ethnic English
Job English Footballer
Desc The dictionary definition of a one-club man Le Tissier would’ve won more trophies and notoriety away from his beloved Southampton but that loyalty didn’t stop him becoming one of the most technically gifted players of his generation. Criminally overlooked by England Le Tissier was a creator and scorer of great goals and also goes down as one of best penalty takers in the history of the game


Org England National Team
Club as Player Southampton

2012 06 21 Retrieve

[Matt Le Tissier on Roberto Baggio] Roberto Baggio was the best player I ever played against; he made football look very easy

2012 12 26 Retrieve

[Southampton have today revealed their record appearance-maker Terry Paine is to become their honorary president] I can think of no one more deserving of this prestigious title than Terry Paine

2013 06 12 Retrieve

[Ten Legends of the Beautiful Game to be honoured by National Football Museum] It means a lot that this has been voted for by legends of the game including Sir Bobby Charlton

2015 11 10 Retrieve

[on David Beckham] He’s been an incredible servant and ambassador to English football. I wouldn’t put him up there with the greatest English players of all time - there have been more talented footballers - but in terms of he’s brought to the English game, both on and off the pitch, he’s been absolutely superb. He kept himself in great shape and to be still playing at the age of 38 is a testament to that. He has been a superb professional

2015 11 11 Retrieve

[on David Beckham] I was in the England squad when he made his debut against Moldova in 1996 and while his work-rate is phenomenal, I can safely say he’s the best at set-pieces that I’ve seen by a mile. In that 6-3 game, he scored a superb free-kick bent into the top corner even though we had a man on the post. I just thought, ‘Oh my God’

2015 11 12 Retrieve

[on David Beckham] He made every single ounce out of all the ability he had. The way he carried on to the age he played to was outstanding. He kept himself in great shape. He was the best set-piece taker I saw in my time. It’s hard for me to admit, but he was probably better than me at set-pieces!

2015 11 13 Retrieve

[on David Beckham] That Wimbleon goal will be a lasting memory for everyone from David. There were so many other spectacular goals, but the impudence he showed, to try it as a young lad at Selhurst Park that day, was impressive

2016 02 18 Retrieve

[Quotes on Paul Gascoigne] If you’ve got that much natural ability, it doesn’t really matter how much the game moves on - he still would have been outstanding today. Gazza was one of the best dribblers and it was very difficult to get the ball off him. Phenomenal

2016 03 24 Retrieve

[on Alan Shearer] He was incredible and with 260, he is so many goals ahead of everyone else in Premier League history it’s ridiculous. He went from strength to strength after leaving Southampton, you’ve only got to look at the stats - breaking Jackie Milburn’s 200-goal Newcastle record in double-quick time. It will be nice to tell the kids, ‘You know what, I played with him and when I did, I scored twice as many as he did’

2016 03 25 Retrieve

[on Alan Shearer] If you’d have said to me that he’d go on to be the Premier League’s leading goalscorer by 87 goals, I’d have probably said no. But if you said to me ‘Will he be a very good professional footballer? Will he make a good career out of the game?’ 110 percent. What you could see from him was a mental toughness you didn’t see in a lot of players that age [18]. To have scored a hat-trick on his debut against probably the best back four he could have gone up against [Arsenal] was just incredible, and he went from strength to strength

2018 09 17 Retrieve

[Le Tissier backs Danny Ings to have huge impact at Southampton] The most important thing as a forward at a new club is to get early goals. He’s got a couple so far so it’s a really good start and long may it continue. He is such a quality footballer and he’s really given the whole club a big lift. I think that’s what was needed as the club has struggled for goals a bit over the last few seasons.

He’ll raise the standard of the players around him as well. I’m sure he would have picked up some good things at Liverpool. I know he was injured a lot, but he’s still had a decent amount of time out on the training ground and if you can’t learn from training alongside the players they had at Liverpool then there’s no point being in footballs

2018 12 04 Retrieve

[Matt Le Tissier on moving from Southampton to London big clubs] I played the game the way I wanted to play it, and had I gone on to a bigger club, I probably wouldn’t have been able to do that. I knew I probably wouldn’t win any honours, but when you’re at a club that size, staying in the Premier League for 16 years gave me as much pleasure as winning a medal if I’d gone somewhere else

[Many, less-gifted may wonder from where the thought for such outrageous pieces of skill arise. Le Tissier has his own answer] You have to be willing to try something a little bit different and you don’t want to have the fear of failure. I think a lot of people tend not to try things because they think it will look foolish if it doesn’t come off, whereas I was a little bit the other way around. I didn’t have any great embarrassment if it didn’t come off

2019 03 18 01 Retrieve

[Matt Le Tissier on himself] People would say that Matt didn’t work hard enough but they would overlook one thing: that he was a genius

2019 09 07 Retrieve

[Matt Le Tissier says Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s decision to share penalty duties this season has been labelled as schoolboy stuff] It does cause confusion if you have two nominated penalty-takers and you just go, ‘Well, let’s see who fancies it on the day’. That’s not professional, it’s amateurish, schoolboy stuff and that comes down to the manager. In that situation, the manager needs to be stronger and just go, ‘Right, you’re the best at penalties, you’re my penalty-taker, if you’re not on the pitch then he can take them, but up until that point, you take them’. We had a penalty competition in training to decide who was going to be taking penalties in matches and I won that. I was 20 when I became penalty-taker and there was never any question when I was on the pitch, it was my right and that was my job

[Knowing a thing or two about spot-kicks, Le Tissier believes United should give sole responsibility for penalties to Rashford] I was never overly keen on Pogba’s run-up because it used to take so long, it became a bit of theatre and he wasn’t taking it seriously. It was all about trying to promote himself as being the big showman and the big ‘Here I am’ without concentrating on the job in hand. The way Rashford takes penalties is actually far better and if I was the manager he would be the designated penalty-taker

2020 04 13 Retrieve

[The story behind Manchester United’s bizarre grey kit change vs Southampton] If I’m honest, I didn’t realise until after the game that they’d changed their kit. It was only afterwards that I was stopped by a journalist in the car park and asked about it. I didn’t have a clue up until that point, which is pretty ridiculous given it wasn’t like it was a subtle change!

2020 04 29 Retrieve

[Le Tissier went off injured against Leeds after 32 minutes, with Ali Dia forced on for his first and only Premier League appearance. It went so poorly that he was subbed off after 85 minutes] I actually thought he’d won a competition to come and train with us. So it was all my fault. I was the player substituted for possibly the worst player to ever play in the Premier League

2020 06 27 Retrieve

[David Luiz: Soccer Saturday panel debate Arsenal contract extension] I was surprised and I don’t think I was alone in that. It’s difficult looking from the outside because you don’t know what he’s like every day, in and around the training ground with the young lads at the club. If he is really good with those lads and he’s making a positive impact at the training ground, we only get to see what happens on the pitch with him

He’s had his troubled times, he’s had a couple of red cards this season and he’s not been particularly great, but if they feel there’s a benefit to him being around the football club then that’s a decision they have to take and who are we to criticise it

If finances are tight, you have to be really on the ball at spotting talent early on that you could nick away from somebody for £10 or £12m who is then going to turn into that £30m-£40m defender. That’s where Arsenal are at right now

2020 07 14 Retrieve

[Oriol Romeu caught Mason Greenwood on the ankle, but referee Chris Kavanagh did not penalise the midfielder, who also escaped punishment upon VAR review] I don’t think it was a red. It always looks bad in slow motion and the force with which he goes into him probably saved him. I don’t think it was a deliberate attempt and I don’t think the force was enough to warrant a red card. I think it was accidental and had there been more force to it, it could’ve been similar to other red cards we’ve seen this season, but I feel it was the right decision

[Le Tissier has been impressed with the attitude shown since the restart with the side not in any danger of being relegated while not in contention for a Europa League place] It’s professional pride, but it’s also what the manager instils in them, wants from them and demands from them. I go back to the win over Manchester City a week ago, and the commitment they showed in their defending was like a team that were sat third from bottom in the table. The professionalism of the players has been an absolute credit to the manager and the football club. When you look at what we’ve been capable of in the past few weeks - we’ve just played Manchester City at home, Manchester United away, Everton away. Unbeaten with five points, you look at that and think if you take that form into next season, what can we realistically achieve? From what I’ve seen, I’d expect a top-half finish from this group