We’re only two days away now!! AHHHHHH!!! La Roja got to holding their first training session in Poland today, with equal parts working hard & hardly working…just how we likey. Or maybe you don’t care about training right now & all you care about is how Sergio’s hair is holding up. Well I can assure you its lookin’……it’s lookin’ um….well it’s lookin’.
I think a happy Nando is the best Nando for the team
and us right now, so whatever those boys are doing…keep it up!
Javi Martinez & Arbeloa were the two to speak to the press today and boy did they made a fiiiiiine duo. Arbie even spoke a little English!
How do you live with the competition from teammate Juanfran on the side?
Good; Well, I guess like all of us here, we have all come to help and how important the group. We all want to play and enjoy but I have a healthy competition with Juanfran and with other partners.
In the 2010 World Cup Selection Tournament began with a defeat. Is it important to start with a win to avoid the disappointment of two years ago?
Nobody likes losing a tournament start since a loss leaves you room to maneuver and the need to win the next two games. Looking to the trust, it is always important to start winning and that we will try. Nobody thinks to start losing
How do they live the presence of Croatia and Ireland? Do you see Spain and Italy as top candidates to qualify?
Croatia and Ireland are two great teams with great players. We will be tough matches, the Irish and Croatians are strong players, seasoned and physical.
Can you talk about the essence of Carles Puyol as a group leader?
It is an absence that has hurt us all because we all know the qualities as a footballer Carles. Strong, fast, quick and is always well placed, gives you ability to play high up, has much experience and is well known by all. The character has within it is out and we miss him but hopefully notice his absence as possible.
Do you think it’s better to face Italy now or should do it later?
The draw was so not worth thinking about if it was better to fight them later. We want to be champions of Europe, we want the title and have to deal with all selections to win. The draw has played well, we must face it and go for touch from the first game.
What do you think of the debate that was generated around the forward position?
We have people who are perfectly capable of taking the place of nine, with reference front, but we also have the option to play without a reference man. For example David Silva could play up there, as a false front, because he arrives and scores.
Do you feel orphaned with the absence of Puyol and Villa?
They are two very important players are vital to the achievement of the last title team, but we are fortunate to have some players that can do the same or better than them. The well will supply.
How do you feel after the end of season you’ve had in your club?
At the time of losing the finals were very complicated, but that’s how football is, we now have the opportunity to get up, track, and get another title. These experiences help you to keep fighting and keep fighting to achieve new goals and not stop working until you can win titles.
How do you feel being a player who can play in different positions in the field?
Until this year I had always played in midfield, but following the arrival of Bielsa I started to fill positions in the defense, I struggled a bit but I’ve been finding more and better and I finished the season well. I am available to the coach to play both positions and the midfield defense.