Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Fernando Torres: “I could never abandon Liverpool”

Welcome to the second part of the striker’s interview with the Spanish newspaper ‘Marca’. Fernando Torres talks about the Golden Ball award, Euro 2008, life with Rafa Benitez, Liverpool’s rivalry with Manchester United and the rumours surrounding a possible move away from Anfield in the last summer.

- Do you think that you are in with a chance of winning the Golden Ball award?

No. There is a clear favourite. There have been very few seasons during which a player has done so much to deserve the award like Cristiano Ronaldo did last year.

- …and what about Iker Casillas' chances?

I think that this year there is an obvious choice. Ronaldo has won the toughest domestic league title in football, the Champions League, scored one of the goals in the final, and was the top goalscorer, both in the Premier league and in Europe. He’s the player who most deserves the title

- Do you think that you will one day win the Golden Ball?

A lot of things have to converge. Sometimes a player can have a great season, but they end the year without winning any silverware, and here the titles count for a lot in the final vote. The most important thing is to be among the candidates year in year out. For example, Steve Gerrrad has spent the last eight years in the top six… and that says a lot about the player.

- How about winning the World Cup?

I can’t see myself winning it yet. But I would like to achieve it one day, and dreaming that it could happen, doesn’t hurt anybody. We are all looking forward to the World Cup in South Africa. I have some great memories from the European Championships and I would love to get the opportunity to experience them all over again. We have to enjoy the football offered by the current generation of players, and as long as we continue playing together, anything is possible. We will just have to wait and see.

- Along with Cristiano Ronaldo, you are one of the players that the President of Real Madrid would love to sign. Do you think that you could ever wear the Real Madrid shirt?

I have talked about this many times before. I grew up at a club where I had always dreamed of playing; a club whose colours I wore with pride. Now if a club like Real Madrid are after you, then there must be several others who are also probably in the hunt, and if I had a choice, I would probably choose to play my football elsewhere. The thought of leaving England, going back to Spain, playing in Italy, or for playing for another club in England, have not crossed my mind.

- Did you ever receive an offer from the new owner of Manchester City?

The football in England maintains many traditional values and the supporters in general are not big fans of doing things that way. The owner of Manchester City has received plenty of criticism from the press for the way he wants to build his team, but Abramovich worked in a similar way, and things have turned out well for Chelsea. If Man City manage to bring together a good group of players, they will no doubt be up there challenging at the top.

- Did you have the chance to sign for Chelsea in the summer?

I read a lot of stories in the papers, but I was on international duty at Euro 2008 and I was concentrating on the job at hand. I don’t know if they spoke to my club or even with my agent for that matter. And even if the opportunity came about, I could never abandon Liverpool.

- Is the Premier League Liverpool’s main objective?

Yes. When I joined the club everyone was talking about winning the Premier League, even more than lifting the Champions League. Liverpool have won the league 19 times, and Manchester United 18, so if Man U win the title this year, they will equal our record… and that is something that the fans want to avoid. About 90% of our supporters prefer to win the Premier League.

- Which team would you most like to beat in the final of the Champions League?

Our fans would prefer to beat Manchester United. The rivalry between the two teams is as intense as Real Madrid versus Barcelona, actually… probably even more so. You can really feel the rivalry, especially as both teams have experienced similar successes domestically. For a Red, the most amazing experience would be to defeat Man U in the final.

- What are the reasons behind your amazing development: Rafa Benitez? Your team-mates? Or how the game is played in England?

A bit of everything really. The boss wants for all of us to never stop learning. He is not content with the players just offering what they can do best, he expects a lot more, he wants us to improve, you adapt your style to the way the team plays. Rafa Benitez is on top of even the smallest of details, things that you might never have even considered doing out on a pitch. Like for example a specific movement off the ball which might gain you that extra yard, and help you score a goal. This is an element of the game that no coach has ever tried to teach me before.

- Would you say that he is the best coach you have ever trained with?

Definitely. He thinks about football day and night. You can talk to him about anything, but the conversation normally ends up on football! He’s young, wants to learn, and has the experience which earned him respect both at Valencia and at Liverpool. He’s a coach you can learn from, and a person that every footballer would like to work alongside, because Rafa gets the best out of you.

- What are the main differences between the football in the Premier League and in the Liga?

The two games are played in a totally different way. The Premier League is much quicker, with less stop-and-start, its end-to-end stuff, and the ball can reach the opponents box a lot faster and with players having to come into contact with it far less. When you play away from home in Spain, the teams in the bottom half of the table normally leave the grass long, and use every trick in the book to give them an advantage. You never see that here. There are no tricks and no time-wasting. It’s all very honest, which makes the referees life a lot easier. The football played here might come across hard and aggressive, but the reality is very different.

- What was the secret behind Spain’s Euro 2008 success?

The truth is that I don’t know. Luis did a great job of reminding us how hard it the qualifying stages were for us. We knew that we would win it when Fabregas scored from the spot against Italy to put us through. I think that people celebrated that day even more than the victory in the final..

- What did it mean to you scoring the only goal in the final?

It’s the best thing to have ever happened to me. The goal will stay with me for ever.

13 Comentários:

Anang said...

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enhal said...

hemmmm gimana posisi terkahirnya sekarang bos

JALOE said...

setujux sama mas anang .. kapan arsenal neh boss ? ..he3

sandy said...

bagus nih blog nya, salam kenal ya

sandy said...

keren nui...

tapi saya milanisti...

sandy said...

torrres mania nui??????????

awan_clickerz said...

iyeh..barusan juga baca di kompas.com
gk mau dya ninggalin anfield, balik ke atletico, sebelum ngeraih gelar juara musim neh, takut rekor 18 kali juara disamai MU...
dia lupa..rival utamanya khan The BLues...Huaaaa..
ayo pangeran Biru......*rebut torres..:D

YuP !

Ifoel said...

Sekali2 Juventus dong...

bojes said...

sayang sekali kemarin abis kalah ya liverpool...

Anonymous said...

Wah,kalalu saya gak ngerti sama sekali bola,,,
tapi tak dukung si Abang Torres deh...

Tony said...

huhuhu pake parabola liga inggris diacak

Ifoel said...

ada usul nih bang..
gimana blog kamu di pasang widget google translatenya.. biar gue n teman2 lain yg g bisa bercas cis cuc (Haree gene..he..he..he.) bisa bih srius n mndalami nih ttg si TORRES, sypa tahu kecantol juga.. n aku beralih dari Buffon ke Torres..xixixixixixi..
Met malam ya..??

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