Interviews

Q&A WITH ŃLEX BERGANTI—OS

30 Nov 2018
Ńlex BergantiŮos conceded an interview to newspaper La Voz de Galicia; the midfielder talked about what he found at Depor after his return to the club, also about his future in a possible career as a coach.

Q: How much do you miss the VAR?
A: The VAR is essential. Only the relationship player-referee is much closer, because the referee has the peace of mind that the plays will be resolved correctly. We have to educate ourselves in it. In most cases justice is being done and it is for the good of football. The differences between the last teams at Primera and the great majority of the ones at Segunda are very small and the treatment must be equal. It's a shame that it's going to be a year late.

Q: You talk about the relationship player-referee. Is there little work on that?
A: Itís something that has changed a lot at Primera, for the better. In Segunda, itís a more rigid school, to attend one hundred percent to the rules. At Primera, you see referees who understand a momentary frustration of the player and know how to channel it, itís a more comprehensive relationship with the position of the other. The referee can be wrong, but understanding why things help you to learn, especially for players who have lesser time in the game.

Q: It has been hard to win on the road, even in meetings with little environmental pressure. What goes through the player's head to start with a step back?
A: It's the inertia of the league. With so much equality, playing in your field, with your dimensions, your routine, your habits, influences a lot. At the time of competing, the players are all more similar in terms of level and itís in the details where the difference is made. To feel comfortable, within your distances, with your fans... We are competing well. We have only lost one game and the line to follow in this league is to be reliable, to lose little.

Q: Do you recognize the Depor that you have found on your return?
A: The true is that, with the exit, I saw it difficult to be able to return. The relegation changed the whole scenario and gave me this opportunity to return home, but in a somewhat uncertain way, without knowing what I was going to find. And what I have found exceeds all my expectations. I try to help in a different role from the one I had in previous stages, but itís also because the ecosystem is different from past stages. There are many things that have changed, different bases are being put in place throughout the club so that, hopefully, the sporting results will come and it will be more in line with what it has to be today.

Q: If the relegation changed your situation, ill the promotion force you to take another step to the side?
A: I left because they didnít count on me. I had played quite a bit for two seasons and needed to feel like a player again. In that year Sporting came exceptionally well for me. Now the context is different. I see myself with strength, competing well and I want to play as much as possible. I hope itís with this club at Primera. And I hope they want to count on me. I'm never going to grab a contract or a number of games to stay here. I will always be here as long as I feel useful, and the club also feels useful with me. In those circumstances I will fight to play the most.

Q: And then? How do you see linked to the club? In the academy?
A: Itís difficult to think about the after... As a footballer you want to enjoy as much time as possible, and then itís true that I would like to remain linked to the club in the future, helping with my experiences since I was 16 at Abegondo. To contribute in the necessary things. I love children, the possibility of forming them, and I think itís the best way to start seeing it from the other side. To pass from been a player to teacher or trainer. But for that you have to be very well prepared. The project is in the medium term, I have three degrees of coaching and I would like to start with the academy, because itís the closest thing for me. Then I would have to see my performance, because not always the players who have been in a club for a long time are the most valid ones to form.

Q: Your photo is among the ones of the lads who made the jump to Primera. Why so long without another consolidated lad at Depor?
A: It's very complicated. The dream of any city is to have the larger number of academy players at the top, but nowadays the business works in a way that the kids are taken away by the outsiders right away. Itís difficult to retain the big pearls. The best raw materials are taken by the market. Within that is improving the level of training, the structure, although then itís difficult to reach. Itís sought that every time there are more players here, but you have to be patient and the first thing, first of all, is to give the academy a feeling of ben a club, identity, of knowing what Depor is and how it works. Then it will be easier for people to enter from below. But itís very difficult if each year you change 20 players and the coaches at the first team. The first step to see the academy working is the stability of the first team.

Q: A stability that has been hard to obtain. What difference do you make in your role as captain?
A: As a captain I have been on the verge of disappearance, of not going out to compete on August 1, months without charging, bankruptcy laws... Changing rooms very difficult to manage. What I find now is comforting, to see a club that finally tries to be healthy from all levels, which prioritizes the groupís feeling. A squad thatís the best example of that, the best group I've seen in my career. People are committed, healthy, who likes football, who wants to add and who has their ego, but always respecting the partner. How complicated is to find a changing room in which you try to add as it happens here.

Q: Since you left, the entire sporting structure has changed. The president remains. What Tino did you left and which one has you meet now?
A: Tinoís seems to me a more long-term evolution. The one of realizing that, in this business, in this company of feelings as he says, the important thing is not to divide parcels, but to unite. Here you have failed to go individually, to give away too many responsibilities, and if you donít get everyone to feel involved, then you are at a disadvantage. The identity had been lost with the convulsive years, and it was necessary to recover it. It was the number one goal and I see the fans feeling identified with the team, a hardworking team that does everything possible because the group does well, with respect to the club and the badge.

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