“I have not thought about the options we have to pass …”

first_imgOn the eve of the first leg of the round of 16 the Champions League against Liverpool English, the midfielder of Atlético de Madrid Marcos Llorente is clear: there is no “other result that is not winning” and sees the team “more than prepared “to face the current champion. The ‘red’ group is not scared of the Madrid midfielder. On the contrary: it generates “even more desire” to face an opponent whom he sees “very very well”, in a first leg in which he starts out as a starter in the midfield.A situation very different from that of his first third of the season, when despite arriving with the vitola of being a player of the pleasure of his coach, the Argentine Diego Pablo Simeone, had very few minutes. “No player understands why he doesn’t play,” Llorente admitted, in a new position for him: the right wing.How is the team almost 24 hours away from the match against Liverpool?Looking forward to tomorrow’s game, it is a very important game for us and the team is more than ready to face a great rival such as Liverpool.Facing the current champion, undefeated in his league, does it generate respect or is it a stimulus?That must be taken into account because the opponent you are going to face is that this season is like a shot. I don’t know if he hasn’t lost any games in the Premier. That means that they are very good and that they are going to make things very difficult for us.How does the wardrobe live that wave of external pessimism about the tie?It is a reality, they are very very well. It is a great team, the current champion, but to us that, at least to me, makes me even more eager to play that game and to arrive tomorrow and give everything.What worries you most about Liverpool?We are worried about everything (he laughs), it is a very complete team, the top three are very fast, very fast, behind they are very forceful too, in the midfield they are strong, they are aggressive. They are a very complete team and do not neglect anything before them.Both Diego Simeone and Jürgen Klopp are two coaches reputed to be good motivators.Yes, our coach has already seen everything he has given to this club, and the Liverpool coach has seen the great year he did and the great year he is doing this. They are two great coaches and it will be a very beautiful duel.How likely is Atlético to move to quarters?I have not thought about it. They are two games, now one is coming and it is impossible to think beyond that. We think about the next game, it is very important and we want to go out with a good result for the return to be able to go there to fight it.A good result for Atlético would be …Winning, we do not consider another result that is not winning.If you overcome this tie, do you see Atlético with possibilities to go further?We focus on this tie first, if we get through we will have left behind a great team and obviously we will have a chance to win something.Atletico chained five games without winning since the final of the Spanish Super Cup and generated many doubts, did they also feel them in the locker room?We are also aware and we must be realistic that when things do not come out we are the first to have to change something.We realized that things had to be changed, but it is true that something bigger is done from the outside than it really is, all teams go through good phases and bad phases, and in those bad phases you don’t have to go crazy, keep working as we have done and at the end of it all comes out.Personally, he has been playing five games in a row, is it his best moment since he is in Atlético? In an interview with the EFE Agency, just after completing the last training prior to the momentous European duel, Llorente (Madrid, 1995) is convinced of the rojiblanco team’s options to overcome an opponent who has only given a draw in 26 days in the English Premier League and only the Italian Naples has managed to defeat in the Champions League.center_img Yes, since I’m here it’s the best moment, of course. It is the only time I have had five titles in a row and in the end when you have minutes and they give you that confidence things go much better.How did he live it when he arrived, when it seemed he was going to be an important player but the minutes didn’t come? Did you get desperate?Well, in the end all players do not understand why not play. It is true that you come to a team to help and you have to understand your role at every moment of the season.Obviously I would have liked to play more, but they are situations, decisions that are made and in the end the players have no choice but to respect them, accept them and continue working for when the opportunity comes to be prepared.Did Simeone give you any explanation?No, in the end the coach always thinks of the best for the team, and at that moment he believed or thought he was not the best and did not wear. It is something respectable and must be accepted.Now he’s playing a little more towards the right wing, how do you feel in that position?Well, in order to go out on the field and play we will not complain about the position. Yes, it is true that it is not mine, that I am not used to it, but little by little I am adapting, I am very happy, it allows me to reach the area more, run more, and I am delighted.What does Simeone ask you on the right?What he asks another player when I do not leave. It is true that we have a lot of talk about pressure and defensive positions and that is what I had to learn the most when I was not used to playing there.Were you surprised by Simeone’s insistence on pressure training and the team moving together?Yes, I have already lived it and I think it is something fundamental, that the team knows at all times how to press, when, if we have to stay behind, I think it is something essential, that it is okay to work it and that it is very good for us.Despite that work, Atlético does not dominate the matches, why?I wish we knew why. We these last games have started squeezing up very well, but it is true that it is difficult to maintain that intensity and aggressiveness so high for a long time. We have to learn to that, to prolong more in time and try to have control of the parties.Tomorrow will Atlético start like this, pressing Liverpool?Yes, well, tonight we will talk about that, but I think that when we push up all together and aggressive, we feel good, we steal the ball in their field and we don’t have 50 meters to go to attack like when you steal it back. In that sense we are comfortable and that there is no doubt that we will go for the game.He trained in the Real Madrid quarry, and now plays for Atlético. Both your grandfather (Ramón Grosso) and your father (Paco Llorente) played in both clubs. What does Atlético mean to you?To start this team, I assumed that last year in summer they gave me the confidence, they bet on me, and it is something that I will always be grateful for.Once you come here you realize the football that is breathed here, that there is a lot of passion, a lot of heart, both the club, the workers, the coaching staff, and the fans. It is a pleasure to belong to this club and I am very happy to be here.Did you feel misgivings from fans for coming from Real Madrid?No, the truth is that all the fans have treated me very well, they have behaved ten times with me and at no time have there been such situations. It’s something to be thankful for and that makes us players feel more comfortable. Juanfran Torres, who played in both clubs, said after leaving Atlético that he came “like a Viking” and left “like an Indian”, would you like something like this to happen to him?In the end we are soccer players, we are workers, and it doesn’t matter in the club that you are that you have to give everything, regardless of where you come from or where you are going, it is here where you are and where you have to leave everything on the grass. Having teammates who have played in both locker rooms, such as Alvaro Morata, Mario Hermoso or Antonio Adán, dramatizes this situation?Well, in the end, if I’m honest, you or people think more than me. I take it naturally, I have come to this club because they have bet on me, they have trusted me, I will give everything for them and it is something that I do not think about and that does not come into my day to day.How important is it for you to play the first game against Liverpool at home? What role can the fans play?They can play a very important role for us, we always say it: when we play at home it is something incredible.They push you, support you from the beginning of the match until it ends. Even when it ends and the result has not been good they are still there and I think it is a hobby of ten, with which we are very comfortable and delighted that every game here is incredible.last_img

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