Alfredo Relaño: “The usual football died on the coaches' blackboard”

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Alfredo Relaño: "The usual football died on the coaches' blackboard"

Alfredo Relaño, one of the great Spanish journalists, who has dedicated almost all his life to the analysis and He also commented on football, from 'El País', where he now also collaborates, and from 'As', the sports newspaper that he directed. for 23 years, he has published a singular book, 'Last minute. Glory days of Real Madrid' (Editorial Base). Born in 1951, endowed with a syntax that stands out among those who dedicate themselves to football commentary in Spanish, Relaño addresses a circumstance that highlights the main team in football history in Spain and in the successive European Cups that he has won sometimes also at the last minute. This Friday, at the Lé from Madrid, Iñaki Gabilondo and Jorge Valdano present this book about which we interviewed him. 

That victorious rattle at the last minute is a hallmark of Madrid.&nbsp Against Villarreal, this last Saturday, those of us who watched the game felt that it was going to be like that. once more. What? what happened this time?I couldn't tell you. Inevitably it doesn't always happen. Another book like this could be made with the times that he has not succeeded, but the trademark of the house is that he always tries, although for that there are also exceptions and this was one of them. Zoco and Pachín told me that in their years, the sixties, Barça was better than Madrid, but that they fought more on difficult pitches. Hard and without watering, like Elche, Córdoba, Murcia, or muddy, like Vigo, Santander or San Sebastián. And that it was in those exits, in which they were kicked, where they won the Leagues because Barça tended to wrinkle. In that sense, I was disappointed in him. Madrid in Villarreal. I don't mind losing to a good team, and this one was, but I do care. that he does not show rebellion. What was the most difficult last minute for Real Madrid? And the most glorious?At the last minute, I would say the one of Rodrygo's two goals in a row against Guardiola's City. Of course, Sergio Ramos's goal in Lisbon is close to him. But in Lisbon he had been scoring the goal 20 minutes before, while the City thing was miraculous, because it was a clearly better team than Madrid. Santillana's fourth goal against Borussia, which came back from 5-1 in the first leg, is also close.

But in Lisbon the goal was being scored 20 minutes before, while the City thing was miraculous

Soccer makes you live on edge. What? What is what most unsettles you in your case?The same thing happens to me as Gaspart: it makes me very nervous that my team is leading by one and the end is near. I prefer that it be tied or losing, because that's how it works. the situation may improve. Although, of course, the ideal is for him to win by three.And how does that tension affect the soccer player?I believe that the soccer player, involved in combat, does not have that suffering. Yes the coach and the substitutes In his book, he counts the referees who were also affected by the devilish pace of the game in the last minutes. What? What role have they played in the deeds of Madrid?The referees in Europe are homemade, so no mess. Madrid have been taken away and have been allowed at home. It doesn't just happen with Madrid, it happens with everyone. Remember Aytekin on PSG day at the Camp Nou. The exceptional thing was that of Ovrebo in Chelsea-Barça. I don't know that. where to fit it.The Bernabéu fans are part of the team's game. You describe it on very powerful occasions when it was essential… The team feels strong there. and the rival is weakened. A lot has happened there. The Spanish teams go there every year and they don't feel it, but in the Champions League many feel affected by that climate full of memories. It is also a very high and closed stadium that resonates a lot, and more so on European nights, where that unfriendly capital demand of the public every Sunday disappears and is replaced by an absolute dedication, provoked by a crowd. Public that arrives from outside, rotating, supporters from all over Spain who manage to come once a year, or every two years, because there are not tickets for everyone every Wednesday, and they bring a polluting enthusiasm. .

The Spanish teams go to the Bernabéu every year and don't feel it, but in the Champions League many feel affected by that climate full of memories

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Tomás Roncero says in the prologue to the book that Madrid is “like Nadal”, who decides the games in the last minutes. Does this comparison fit what you think? It fits me. Nadal is irrepressible. And he is a Real Madrid fan. The last minute summons fear, not just uncertainty. On Madrid's European nights that fear affects the visitor. & Nbsp; When the great victory against PSG, he evokes in his book the return of football as always as a factor in victory. When did he die? Is the usual football, if that has happened?Little by little, as all deaths happen. died It was written on the boards of coaches who tried to supplant the genius and ingenuity of soccer players with their science (?).In prehistory, what were those best last-minute games?In prehistory, if it fits in the term, I would say that the stop from Zamora to Escolá was a bus stop. in the 1936 Cup final, less than a month after the outbreak of the Civil War.In one of the feats played in someone else's field, he noticed Benzema's clothing, “dressed like the first Di Stéfano” What? What role does nostalgia play in soccer for a person of his age and his experience?I think it started for a capital pride, for bearing the name of the main city of the country. If you look closely, in all cities with more than one team, in the long run, the one that bears the name of that city wins the day, then, of course, Di Stéfano. Di Stéfano was the epic personified. The torch took her Pirri, who has arrived. It was just the year he left, and then it continued to be broadcast… I never really saw Di Stéfano in blue or black stockings. Only in photos. The white stockings appeared when it arrived. Artificial light was applied to the fields, like the white ball, because that's how it works. they stand out more. With that image I wanted to pay tribute to Benzema, a player who annoyed me for years. for being indolent, but since Cristiano's departure he has adopted A new attitude, of maximum commitment, in the manner of Di Stéfano. That last-minute reaction made Madrid grow. Is it the story that leads you to that attitude?The story helps, I think. stimulates The players know that they have a legend to defend and those who do not act accordingly do not last long at the club.

The Madrid players know that they have a legend to defend and the who doesn't act on it doesn't last long in the club

Is there Where is a footballer whose legend is also the one of the last minute?Santillana. is in the peak moments of more comebacks than anyone. And Molowny. He knew how to feed the fire when it was lit. In a first leg of the UEFA Cup against Cologne, Madrid won 3-1 and as it could not be enough, they scored a goal. more forwards, he finished He came up with five pure attackers and won the match. 5-1. In Cologne, Madrid was champion, losing 2-0. With the 3-1 in the first leg it would not have been enough. he Refers in his book to the “not so minor god of football”. What? Is soccer divine enough to be mysterious too?I don't know, nobody knows. Although it seems to me that Vicente Verdú He made a good approach to the subject in his book: Soccer, rites, myths and symbols. That should be reissued he has these phrases about the last minutes of Madrid: “The dramatic border of the 90th minute” and “The last minute to try the impossible “. Can they be awarded to teams other than Madrid?To the German team for many years. But I'm afraid they've already lost it.