AlavsTOThe Alavs technician reviews his career
ANDThe coach of Deportivo Alavs granted MARCA a personal interview in which he reviews his entire sports career, both as a player, with the retirement of active football with 33 years, as his stage in the benches passing through all categories of national football until get to the albiazul group right now.
Question. What did he need to reach lite as a player?
Reply. I think I understand well what the game was, the positions and I was in a great place to get to Primera. But when he doesn’t give you, there are others who look for excuses, but I have always said that I missed something, because in Lezama I had everything, but if you don’t arrive it is that something I did not do well.
Q. Leave football active and started training …
A. The idea was to have started the following season. My last six months, when I decided that I was going to leave football, I went to Benidorm to get my degree because I knew that the next year I was going to start working in the technical body of Alicante, but being in Benidorm they dismissed the coach and the president He asked me to sit on the bench and I did it. I had the good fortune to remain linked to football.
Q. How did you live your first years on the benches?
A. The first idea in Alicante, with Antonio Solana as president, was to take him to professional football. Things were done very well, but we had a misfortune with the president, he had a heart attack, and in the change of directive the idea was already another and I decided to quit. Then I went to Castelln and directed to the selection of AFE, which makes you see what is the reality of football watching high quality players who are unemployed.
Q. How did the Legans appear?
A. He had been training for a short time. In Legans there were only five players with a contract when I arrived, of which two did not count and I had to sign 17, bring technical body, physicists, utiliers, all in a soccer city like Legans. It was a cool and difficult challenge in which there were all the circumstances to achieve what was achieved with the promotion, the stays, the semifinals of the Cup …
P. After Legans passed by the Royal Society and arrives at Alavs.
A. I have no right to complain about anything. I am delighted and enjoying this profession, with four years in First and having been in the Royal until December because it was also a good learning.
P. There are similarities between his career and that of the Alavs, going through all the categories. Do you fully understand what this club has experienced?
A. The similarities are very similar to those in the Legans. In fact, we ascended to Primera the same year, and there were difficulties also there of salvation. In theplayoffsAscent, I remember Jan’s game for Alavs. That does not have to be forgotten and remembered where you come from and who you are to give value to everything that is happening now.
Q. How is Garitano in the professional and personal field?
A. People say that I look very serious in football and press conferences, but then in the face to face I am totally different. With the players I am quite close, quite normal.
P. Iago Herrern revealed that in the first conversation they had in Legans, he told him not to call him Master.
A. I don’t like it, that’s what I tell the players but it costs them. I prefer to be called by my name (Asier), just as I call them by name. I prefer to have a closer and normal treatment, I do not like mster.
Q. How do you see the team now?
A. I see him quite well. In fact, I have seen him quite well from the beginning knowing who you are, where you are and the circumstances of each one. There was an imbalance of results between what we took out at home and what was done outside. Now the team is more balanced and competing without much difference between what we do at home and outside.
P. Visit Mallorca, a direct rival …
R. Mallorca has just had four defeats and it seems that you discard it, but the last two clashes have lost them after goals voided by the VAR and have been very involved in the games. For us it is another possibility to continue adding, because with 27 points you do not save yourself, you have to reach a minimum at 40 and it is still traveled.
Q. What do you think of the Joselu-Lucas Prez couple?
A. The ideal forward is the conjunction of the two. Lucas Prez has the inspiration, the talent, the speed and Joselu works a lot, the game areo and back, the powerful head shot and technically it is good to leave with a shot of both legs.
Q. Is it allowed to dream beyond permanence?
A. I believe that the clear objective is to be saved, the only one and everything else can distract you and today will not be good. In order to be with the best, something else will be needed, but this club has always had ambition and the desire to continue growing as we are seeing.
Q. What do you think of Deportivo Alavs’ fans?
R. Spectacular, I suffer when I come as a visitor. The atmosphere is very good and it is seen that people are very involved and involved in what the team has to be, and I think it also has the most important thing, which is if you see the team in more difficulties it will be and that is fundamental .