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Q&A WITH QUIQUE GONZÁLEZ

28 Sep 2018
Quique González conceded an interview to newspaper La Voz de Galicia; the striker talked about his career after the successful debut at the Riazor scoring twice.

Q: What comes to your mind when you play a match like Monday’s one?
A: The pity is that the stadium wasn’t finished. One night like that leaves you in a cloud. Then at home, coldly, you stop to think and... I'm a lot of thinking about that kind of thing and valorize... It's something very nice. There are things that you have left there. Moments, nights, days that you don’t forget. At the moment you don’t taste it as much as with the passing of the hours or the days.

Q: Could it be said that this game is in your top-5?
A: Definitely. Because to debut at home in a club with the history of Deportivo, to win and score twice... It’s up to one with Almeria in which we played the permanence and I also scored two goals, the first with a scissors-kick. And also with my scoring debut at Segunda... I hope with time I can climb positions, because I have yet to score at Primera, score a hat-trick, score the goal of a promotion or a permanence... It would be nice to be able to fulfill it in A Coruña.

Q: In a cloud according to your statements, the word "humility" would appear prominent. Is it a preconceived speech?
A: No. It’s what I think. Here nobody is more than anyone and if you don’t have humility then you are wrong. The first thing you have to do is look at yourself and work at the top. Forget about excuses. When you play you need self-criticism. That makes you grow as a player and, if in the end we all do the same, the group will be reinforced. On the other hand, if one gets carried away, the other looks for excuses where there are none...

Q: Is that being controlled inside the changing room?
A: Yes. There is a very good human group. And that has to be noticed on the field. In the end, when there is a good atmosphere, you end up paying more.

Q: Why and how did you succeed in football?
A: Nobody gifted me anything. I have had not so good moments, being in Valladolid, the club wanted to take me out. It's hard for a youngster that they want to kick out and when you are having a contract. But there was no turning back. And I bet, first, to play in the B squad at Tercera, and then to go to Segunda B. Sometimes you have to make decisions and take a step back. I scored 24 goals in Guadalajara and then Almería called me, then in Primera. Never lose faith in what you do. I knew I wanted to be a football player.

Q: Those who know you say that you are the son-in-law that every father would like to have.
A: [Laughter] Here everyone has their thing. I'm not perfect. On a sporting level, coming to train is my passion. I'm happy. And that is a luxury. I like to stop to think about where I come from, what it has cost me and so you value more where you are. That's why you cannot settle and let what you have to escape. Then, outside, we all have our little things.

Q: For example? Because it's surprising to see you sometimes rebel.
A: I don’t consider myself a vinegar on the field. Yes, I can be annoying fighting each ball. And sometimes, because if I see that one makes an absurd foul or with bad intentions, it does piss me off. But I already tell you that I don’t consider myself a vinegar.

Q: Where do you come from?
A: I come from a family that has educated me in values. I worked it out, but if it wasn’t for what I was taught at home, I would not have arrived either.

Q: How was your childhood?
A: I was born in the center of Valladolid, but at the age of five I went to an urbanization that belongs to Simancas. And there I was the entire day with the ball. It’s something that you don’t forget. I was very happy. I spent many hours with friends, playing... It was what I liked the most and now it has become my job. I am privileged.

Q: Do you have the same friends?
A: Yes. Sometimes we take time to see each other and over time you make new friends, but those in the urbanization are still there. I had a childhood that would not change and my friends remember me.

Q: You speak of the values that your family instilled...
A: Respect, education, work, confidence in what you do. May I always be sure of myself. Having that confidence is very important, because in football it's not all that easy as people believe. And if you aren’t mentally strong, you may faint. I have the most beautiful profession in the world, but people see Messi or Cristiano and believe that everything is very easy. And it isn’t a path of roses. Not only for what you deprive yourself, but because there are injuries and sometimes you work all week and don’t play, and another week the same...

Q But it's very well paid.
A: Yes, but the comparison must be done well. I explain. I have friends who work ten hours to earn very little. And I feel privileged, I insist. But there are also people who compare what Cristiano earns with a normal doctor. Well, with all due respect, it cannot be. What Cristiano charges must be compared with what one of the two best doctors in the world perceives. And with that said, I give thanks for being born with a gift that has allowed me to be a footballer.

Q: At what moment do you realize that you have that gift? Were you the typical child for whom the clubs fought?
A: No way. It could be said that I became a footballer thanks to a newspaper ad. I tell the anecdote. I was about eleven years old and I said at home that I wanted to join the school team. Then, my mother saw an ad in the newspaper that in Valladolid they were doing some tests. And she inscribed me. I was lucky and I entered. And there I did start to stand out, playing in some leagues with the older ones. Until the first team disappointed me.

Q: Football before the studies?
A: Not at all. I was always a good student. Until I got to college. I started right, but then it was very uphill. But I always had the clear idea that you had to have a minimum formation.

Q: And after football, what?
A: Something related, but I'm not clear about what. I'm not one of those who look themselves as coaches.

W: In addition to playing football, do you know about football?
A: Although it's only because of how much I see, I think something I know. I, for example, am not from social networks or from playing video games. I like to watch matches at all hours. And not only Primera. I can see one of Segunda B without problems.

Q: How do you carry the criticism?
A: Well, I think that's fine. I'm strong mentally. I give a lot of importance to this aspect. Neither you have to grow up with the praise, nor come down with criticism. Balance is fundamental. You better than anyone know when you have done it right or wrong, so criticism should not affect so much.

Q:  Do you use a psychologist?
A: No, I am more of leaning on experiences to grow mentally. Everything that has happened to you in your life helps you to mature.

Q: You are positive.
A: Thinking negatively doesn’t lead anywhere. And in football, less.

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