BetisTOThe goalkeeper speaks after passing COVID-19
JOel Robles was the only Betis player to test positive in the first COVID-19 PCR tests performed by LaLiga on all teams. Almost three weeks later, the Getafense goalkeeper has returned to training in compliance with the competition’s protocol, which requires at least two negative tests that confirm that he has overcome the disease. Tonight, on Betis TV, Joel has told how these weeks have been for him.
“After so long, you will lose the sensations of being with your teammates, the training dynamics, and in full competition, after having beaten Madrid, having a jug of cold water thrown at you, paralyzing everything, and the consequences that have had this virus, with deaths and problems … But little by little we are returning to normal, it is important for everyone.
“Everything is perfect, at no time have we felt anything. I gave an asymptomatic positive, Mónica tested herself and gave a negative, all very rare.
“What am I going to know? I never expected a call from the doctor telling me that he had tested positive. The only thing he had done was go to the supermarket, since my girl is pregnant, he wanted to prevent her from staying at home and I would do the shopping now. Home, protected. Imagine, that you take it from going to the supermarket and you are at home, and your girl does not take it, it is a strange sensation. “
“As things stand it is better to take it now sooner than when LaLiga resumes or any situation like that.”
“Well, the first few days, the moment they said we were going to be quarantined, it was strange for me to have to be home for 15 days, it became difficult, but then the body got used to it. The last week it became heavy because I saw the teammates training, enjoying … Seeing it from home was difficult for me, but I didn’t have a bad time because it was good and my family too. There are other people who were much worse, I couldn’t complain about anything. “
“I have been active, always training. The distances you have on the pitch have nothing to do with it. Here I can try to throw myself on the grass that I have, but when the goalkeeper coach begins to stretch you longer, more powerful, he accumulates tiredness. But the important thing has been to do something, to be active, to arrive in the best possible way. “
“On Sunday, which was the first training session, the bones felt soft. The hips were also a little bit, the ground was a little bit hard, but you can control yourself with protections. It is the life of the goalkeeper, you have to go home with injuries and pains. Before it was worse and we didn’t complain. “
“Regarding the weather, now that temperatures have dropped to minus two or minus three degrees in Seville, things get complicated (laughs). With the heat it is not easy, but happy to see my colleagues how they are working, it motivates me a lot who are so involved. “
“I am working individually with the goalkeeping coach, I go a little later than my teammates. I am readapting, doing specific goalkeeping work, power, reaction speed, a little aerobic also, little by little I will be reintegrating into the group because is the important thing, situations, shots from teammates, distances … Little by little and doing things well there will be no problem. As in a preseason, it is different, but after three or four five days our body gets used to it and we’re sorry about before. “
“No, no, no problem, of course. Also, because of my position it is different from that of a player. Our work is totally different, but more than enough, in four or five days he will surely be with the group as one more. Measuring things because they have been two weeks longer than me, but since I have worked and taken care of myself, I will arrive more than well, in a couple of days, without any problem. “
“Of course, I imagine. For us this type of games are special, with everything we have experienced, the desire we have for that day to come. But the important thing is to recover the physical tone and the feelings with which we ended, and to be mentally fresh, knowing what to expect, stadiums without fans, different sounds, we will be heard by everyone … With enthusiasm and desire, we all have it very clear, there will be no problem. Now, adapt to the new situation that we it’s time to live and accept, and nothing else. “
How it looks after 74 days away
“Even though you are standing still, I have worked that kind of thing so as not to lose details, reflexes, not to lose strength in the legs because we live a lot from the impulse, to work the part of the shoulders that becomes very weak when you are very stopped … I tried my best to focus on this kind of thing because it’s been 74 days without being on the grass field. “
“No, the truth is that luckily not, it was the first time that I have been off the pitch for so long. And the worst is the uncertainty, each week they tell you more time, the news says one thing, Antena 3 another, Telecinco another … that football returns, no … But above all I thought about those affected, a virus that has become more complicated, that older people have cut their lives and that is the most important thing, beyond of football. “
“I will drive everyone crazy, it is my way of being. Even among them asking for the ball, those things we will have to work on and get used to because we are going to hear many voices. A new situation that must be accepted. We have to mentalize ourselves, in our case that We play from behind, that does not influence when making decisions, that we risk more than we should, because the feeling is as if there was no pressure, different from the murmur when there is a fan or the rival that whistles at you. We will have to adapt. “
“Sure, I think so. The only difference is that if we go to Snchez-Pizjun, we train with green stands and we will see red stands, but the sound and the chants do a lot in a stadium, in Seville even more with the fans who There are not many differences when playing away from home or at home. The one who is best prepared mentally and is not affected by that kind of detail will get the best possible performance in these 11 games. “
“It is one of the things that I like about Betis, the illusion is always renewed. If the previous year has been regular, for the following there is always the same illusion, the subscribers, the people to death with us. We know that we are a little distanced from where the goal was set, to enter Europe, but we are going to try to achieve it, knowing that it is not easy, with the situation that has arisen. But we are going to fight for the objective you are. “
“We are going to play every three days, a lot of matches, results with surprises … It is something different to enjoy, get used to and look for the positive side. If you are looking for the negative, it is better to stay home on the sofa.”
“Now that the phases in some communities are progressing, the most important thing is not to relax. Go with a mask, keep your distance, meet the quota, if there can only be 10 people other than 14, disinfect your hands, leave your shoes on. front door … These little details … As it is a thing that we do not see, maybe we are not aware. But I have gone to the super house, with gloves, disinfecting myself … It is uncontrollable to do it perfectly, but there are things very basic that we have to get used to. See if all this happens, that there are people who have suffered and are suffering. We are in a great country and it saddens me to go through Seville with the joy it has, and to notice the half-empty streets , businesses closed, and it’s a shame. Seville is very beautiful when the streets are full, hopefully normality will return, but with caution. “