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Álvaro Arbeloa at Marca

July 5, 2011

Marca spoke to Álvaro Arbeloa during his campus in Tres Cantos yesterday.  Sixty children aged six to 14 are taking part in the first-ever Campus Arbeloa, and Álvaro showed up to say hi and talk with them.  This session will last until July 15, and there will be another one from July 18-30.

The new season begins in a week.  How are you preparing for the new season?

It always starts with all the hope in the world to do things well.  On a personal level, my desire is to improve, to perform well and to help the team.

There are a lot of expectations in the second year of Mourinho’s project.  He says that year is usually the most successful one.

There are always expectations.  It’s normal for this team, with the players that it has, to have big challenges.  I have the feeling that this year will be a great one.

Are the Liga and the Champions the big objectives?

They’re the grand prize for everyone.  It’s a lot for Madrid to have Barça win the Liga for three consecutive years, so we’re going to fight to get them off the throne.  Then there’s Europe, where La Décima is the other big challenge.

The team is ready to face these big challenges that you speak of.

It’s clear that we have a great group of players and the team has been reinforced with some great signings.  The group is very young.  The important thing is not how good they are now, but how good they can become.

Is a deeper group needed to win the treble?

Right now, the deeper the team is, the more guarantees you have of being competitive in all the tournaments.

You and Villa formed were the protagonists of a play that is considered one of the causes of the pique between the Spanish internationals on both teams.  Do you feel that you were blamed?  Has it affected you in any way?

Well, perhaps in the media of Barcelona… We all know the game and I should stay out of this discussion.  Each one does their work on the field and you have to forget about whether you’re blamed or not.  I try to maintain my distance from a circumstance that could lead to a media war.

Do you regret anything?

There’s a phrase I like a lot: many times, it’s better not to give explanations, because your enemies won’t believe you, and your friends don’t need them.  Anyway, the image is there for each one to think what they want of that moment.  Those who know me know what could have happened.  The truth is I’m not worried if this has hurt my image or anything like that.

But now you have a reputation as a rough player.

I don’t know.  But I’m not worried.  I think that on the day of the Copa, I had a good game, like the rest of my teammates, and that’s what I’ll remember.

What is so special about Mou?

He’s a great coach and a great professional.  He’s very demanding and he knows how to transmit that to his players.

What do you think about his new role as the boss of everything?

In a club like Madrid, it’s important that the coach has to power to decide and to be in charge.  If he’s the one deciding on the line-ups, he knows what he wants and what the team needs.  I believe this is a better way to make decisions.

As a canterano, do you understand why the youth team players are uneasy with the signings of Varane or Altintop?

It’s been like that for many years.  It also happened in my time.  At least now, they let them leave earlier.  We had to stay for several years because we had to come up through the ranks, and when we got there, it wasn’t made easy for us because they wanted to keep us in the second division.  The important thing is to create good players, and if canteranos such as Sarabia or Morata aren’t going to have minutes with the first team, the best thing is to let them leave so that they can grow outside.

Do you feel appreciated?  Do you believe Mourinho has confidence in you?

Yes, I played many games last year and that’s the best argument for me to feel important.

What are your thoughts on Mou’s idea to give the captain’s armband to a field player to pressure the referees more?

I don’t know anything about this.  I can only say that the figure of Iker is very important and very representative for all of us.

13 Comments leave one →
  1. Sarah, Madrid permalink
    July 5, 2011 11:21

    I”t’s a lot for Madrid to have Barça win the Liga for three consecutive years, so we’re going to fight to get them off the throne”

    I just love how the media kind twisted it in a way that Arbeloa is ashamed or is a shame that we didn’t win.

    “Media in Barcelona”, this made me giggle a bit lol.

  2. @ulonghaz permalink
    July 5, 2011 15:08

    anyone who lives in Spain, please explain bout this captain issue??

  3. Sarah permalink
    July 5, 2011 16:47

    I’m glad to hear Alvaro has a good head on his shoulders, anyway. His answers were good and I’m very happy to see he knows nothing about the captain changing – maybe that’s a sign it is a rumour? I just have a hard time believing the captaincy will be changed…
    Anyway, I’m excited for pre season 😀

  4. Maestro permalink
    July 5, 2011 19:40

    I really hope Iker continues as Captain, i mean it’s bad enough we don’t have any homegrown player that starts every weekend.
    That’s the diff between Real & Barca, in Barcelona they play for the shirt and love they’r team and would die for it.
    In Real we only have Glory hunters (i.e Ronaldo,Xabi, etc).
    Don’t get me wrong i love all these players but ever since Raúl & Guti left my feelings towards Real isnt the same, and if one person feels this way then most certanly many others feels this way.
    Now, what i dont undertand is why we got Altintop or Callejon (I know his a homegrown, but i consider him a Castilla Graduate more than a product since we sold him and got him back several years later). Instead of this 2 we could’ve save us money and registrate Juan Carlos & Juanfran too the A-team.

    And then comes Neymar, a player i really love and i know he’s gonna blossom and become a world class player, but i take homegrown player before anything, therefore if i had to choose between him & Morata, its Alvaro 7 days of the week. I want players that die for our club and not for fame and fortune.

    BTW people this has nothing to do with jealousy towards Barcelona and they’re Cantera, its feelings towards my team.

  5. July 5, 2011 21:35

    “There’s a phrase I like a lot: many times, it’s better not to give explanations, because your enemies won’t believe you, and your friends don’t need them.”

    That is so true! Arbeloa seems like a good guy who can speak his mind but in a tactful way.

    Una, one thing that I really love about your posts is that we get to see more about our players as people and not just footballers.

  6. July 5, 2011 21:46

    didnt expect anything else of him. Nice interview and I meanwhile think marca has made up that captaincy story. Really cant get them they turnt so anti-Madrid.

  7. July 6, 2011 03:24

    “But now you have a reputation as a rough player.” Hmmm…maybe I am wrong, but I think I read somewhere (and I could be completely off target) that Arbeloa was actually the player fouled the most at Real last year. Of course that could be because every time someone takes him down I am outraged 🙂

    • Ane Anna Pierce permalink
      July 10, 2011 03:17

      no i’m almost positive it was Di Maria…Alvaro looks way to strong to be excessively fouled 😉

  8. black widow permalink
    July 6, 2011 07:14

    i love him. 🙂 thanks, una!

  9. July 6, 2011 09:19

    una, he has posted pics of his campus on facebook. 🙂 Great pix!

  10. Mouah permalink
    July 6, 2011 15:40

    Iker represents so well the team. He embodies all of the Real Madrid values, and he’s loved by everybody : socios or not. He was formed in Madrid, has spent all his career there, and is willing to end it there. He owns the respect of all his teammates. Dudek said that when Iker opened his mouth, everybody listened to him : no need to raise his voice or anything. He is the master and made no mistake for now. Everybody is happy with him being captain, except Mou obviously… Why change ? He is perfect for the job !
    Hope I helped 🙂

  11. Alyssa permalink
    July 8, 2011 01:53

    This just made me realize how much I miss him. It’s great to hear from him again! He’s even tweeting again! 🙂

    Also, I LOVE what he said about Iker!

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