The one you value the most Ricard torquemada (49 years, Barcelona) in the others it is the tie. One aspect of your personality that you can’t stand is fear. He is convinced that talent is an overrated quality. And his idea of happiness is linked to sport.
Since 2000, his voice is linked to the Bara broadcasts on Catalunya Rdio and the Puyal brand. Director of LaTdT, he also enjoys the podcast world with El Tercer Temps de Boot Room.
This season Bara needs to build a future but Koeman is only worth winning to continue. How do you resolve this contradiction?
It is a contradiction that Setin already lived through and it is something very human. It is very difficult to get results if you do not do what you feel or you betray yourself. A coach knows how the team breathes and what it has to be like to feel represented. When you do what you feel it is easier for your players to believe you and in a team like Bara you win more times than you lose.
You say that a coach has to defend what he feels. The football that Ronald feels is the best for the Bara of the future?
I think it is ideal for the current context. Bara does not need a coach with radical convictions right now, because even if he had them he would not have the time or money to build anything. Koeman is finding young people who can be important pieces of the future. And also new partnerships that the staff needed to breathe. Then you have to ask for minimum results, which would be to compete for titles.
Does he seem like a cruyffista technician?
I didn’t think about it before and I don’t think about it now. He lived Cruyffismo, but as a central one. And therefore suffered it more than anyone. And that makes me have a crude reading but probably of the vulnerabilities of that plan. If you review his career he has been more of a pragmatist than a radical cruyffista. Someone who adapts to what he has and tries to get the most out of it. Koeman could not be expected to be what he has never been. And he’s trying to extract oil with tactical flexibility from an awkward situation.
“I think Messi discovers one thing every day that he likes most about Pedri and is as shocked as all of us”
More than once you have shown yourself to be a supporter of a Bara of the future with Messi, are we prepared to see his decline live?
Just as we were not prepared to live the end of this team’s cycle, neither are we ready for Messi’s decline. Its decline will depend a bit on its role. And his role will depend on him and the people around him. Messi has to understand that he will stretch his career if he is able to understand that physiques and football change, and that perhaps the role he should play is not the same. But that needs someone to seduce him. Until now he has looked at the coaches and some of his teammates with distrust, because the ball did not reach him where it did before. What have you done? He has taken refuge in small societies. And that has been bad for him and for Bara. What is the best thing that is happening to him? That you are opening your mind and finding new companies.
Is it realistic to think that you accept a role change or that you can no longer do what you did before?
Depend on him. He will make his decision but the Bara has to present him with a temptation. And a temptation that is good for the Bara. Not a temptation that is good for him like the temptations he’s had in recent years to be able to choose in quotation marks who to hang out with, what partnerships to have, even which players he was grateful to have around. Because this is not a good way for Bara or for him. And neither the Bara nor he realized that until they found it.
You were telling me about special societies and we thought of Messi and Pedri. Aimar says that great players are not anxious …
I agree. In Pedri’s case, rather than participating more or less, what he wants is to participate well. Pedri refers us to old values such as discretion or effort, but then he has half-hidden things of a modern footballer. He uses both legs with exceptional ease, he is good between the lines, he has an instinct to be in the right place at the right time and a brutal defensive work. It is a universal player and it comes from the factory. He is a player who every day you see him you discover something new. I think Messi discovers one thing every day that he likes most about Pedri and is as shocked as all of us.
How do you explain that chemistry?
I think they both think very fast, they know how to move in tight spaces and they have a very good space-time relationship. And then they look different. Messi wants to discover. They have taken away the usual classmates, he meets a new group and suddenly looks up and discovers someone with whom he understands and has chemistry. Pedri can think about how to end that play by Messi because he has seen it many times. Messi de Pedri no. Finds out. There is discovery on the one hand and admiration on the other.
Another fascinating player is Dembl. Do you think people are beginning to understand what a footballer he is?
He has always seemed like a very special player to me. He has things that only he has. But he is a player who has always been under suspicion. And not because of the classic unprofessional behaviors of footballers, but because of other things. What if food, what if video games Is the footballer of the new generations and their temptations [sonre]. But it has beastly potential.
“Dembl is the footballer of the new generations and their temptations; also a player with a beastly potential”
His game remains an enigma; is capable of making a memorable move but also failing the most basic control …
I think it has to do with the fact that, as he is such a fast player, he has been educated in open spaces and poor control was relatively easy to solve. You see more in tight spaces where you have less room to correct them. But he would not rule out that he improved these details. Dembl has a change of pace, acceleration, uses both legs and more goal than he imagined. What has surprised me the most about the latest Dembl is his leadership. He is calling for the ball in difficult moments. Live a moment of confidence and self-esteem. But it has always been cheeky. We have never seen a player intimidated by Messi.
It strikes me that Maradona is one of your idols when you transmit such a rational way of seeing things …
I have a highly developed rational part but also an emotional part that I sometimes have repressed. But I am passionate. Much. I connect with the Argentine passion and I feel very represented by that exaggeration. My grandmother was born in Argentina and I have always thought that I have a special connection. When you are a teenager things go emotionally. And what I achieved generated an adhesion. I even went to see his debut on El Pizjun.
This is that I did not expect it!
[Sonre]. The craziest things I have done in my life, many, have been linked to Maradona. I found no entries and infiltrated with the Biris. Of course, then he has generated contradictions in me and I was separating from him. But that’s how I see life: as a heap of contradictions. Diego is part of my contradictions and of this permanent dispute that I have in my head between reason and passion and in my life in general.
“Maradona changed my life because he kidnapped me for football”
The writer Sergi Pmies says that he likes offensive football, but that in life he applies catenaccio; lower expectations to better withstand the blows do you recognize yourself in that?
[Risas]. I was trained by my coaches, not my teachers at school. And I live life how I was taught to compete. There are some things about Guardiola’s Bara with which I do identify. One is to enjoy. The other, compete to the end. That is, if they are going to beat me, let them sweat blood. And a third, which I think is from older people [sonre]. What is not always playing at full speed. That way of living is beyond me. I need to pause, process, and make a decision. I don’t know how to make decisions at maximum speed. It is true that when I see a team playing at maximum speed it overwhelms me. In my life I see an uncheck and my first instinct is not to pass the ball quickly. I look at sport in a way that makes me feel identified with how I live or with how I like to live.