Spanish football

“The case of Ernesto Valverde has been somewhat atypical” – SPANISH FOOTBALL

by: Adam Smith


Dani García Lara, former player of teams such as Barcelona, Real Madrid or Espanyol, considered that the relay on the bench of the Blue-wing Ernesto Valverde and the arrival of Quique Setién, has been “somewhat atypical.”

30/01/2020 at 18:02


“I think there’s less and less patience for projects. Ernesto Valverde’s case has been somewhat atypical. I think i was in a good dynamic, the team was fine and I personally didn’t see a change needed,” he said.

‘But I’m not inside, I don’t know what’s going on or how the locker room and the board are. Now they have to adapt to a new coach, to another way of playing. Let’s see how far you can go. Whenever a change is made it is supposed to be to improve, but maybe it has not entered with the best of the feet Quiqué Setién,” he added.

The former Real Madrid player analysed the importance of the French coach Zinedine Zidane in the white set: “I think he’s a coach who has a lot of impact on footballers and who is right now the best there is because he knows the club, high-performance football.”

“That goes a lot to the footballer. The dynamics of Real Madrid and the results and titles that it has achieved in recent years are the great part of Zidane’s fault,” he said after attending a solidarity padel tournament organized by the newspaper AS.

As for the Argentinian Diego ‘Cholo’ Simeone, coach of Atletico Madrid, said: “Many people who now criticize him are the ones who defended this type of football. Football may not have changed much, but the results have changed. Previously, the results covered up many game-level gaps. Now that game doesn’t come, the results don’t come in, and it gives the feeling that more doubts appear.”

“What he’s done at Atletico Madrid I think is just something he can do. Criticizing him doesn’t seem to me to be welcome in terms of the results. Those who criticized their game years ago can do it now because that hasn’t changed but the results are right now the stone that hasn’t just fitted,” he added.

On the other hand, he referred to the Madrid derby of the next league day: “I think if we look at the current situation of the team Real Madrid part with an advantage. He’s also playing at home and so I’m a little on that line, too. It’s at a good time and to this day for me it’s favorite.”

“But in these matches the moment of form in which they get to the best does not condition the result because there is an emotional component. It’s a derby, people are very motivated and they’re aware of the importance of a negative outcome for the team,” he concluded.