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Q&A WITH MIKU

16 Oct 2020
Miku conceded an interview to Sportpaper AS. The Venezuelan striker talked of the debut in liga and the state of the squad ahead of the new season.

Q: The league is about to start, how do you see the team?
A: Well, I see it in a good dynamic. With the hope of doing things well, representing the Deportivismo, the club, the city, the badge and Galicia as it deserves. Itís a phase of preparation and continuous evolution, but we are on the right path.

Q: Borges spoke of going down to the mud, Keko that you wonít win with the badge... that speech is repeated a lot from inside the changing room.
A: It's reality. In Segunda B, from our own experience even years ago, we know that there are players and coaches of a very good level. They may be unknown to the public, but they are very capable and pursue their goals. You have to be aware that itís a competitive league. The mental aspect will be fundamental, how to handle ups and downs, and you have to give everything in each game. It is a competition with a format that isnít the most equitable and you shouldnít get lost.

Q: How are you seeing your teammates? There are many players who come from higher leagues, has anyone surprised you?
A: I see the team quite well on a mental level. Aware of the task you have and whatís coming. There are players from other leagues, but 80 percent have played in Segunda B, myself included. We know what is in the league and what is required. Mujaid surprised me. A young boy with a privileged physique, it seems that heís going to have a great future. Hopefully, we can enjoy it to the fullest and if the national team in the lower leagues opts for him, it seems to me that he has a level to spare.

Q: How does it look at the fitness level? Ready to compete?
A: The competitive level is a mental thing. Know and be aware that you have to compete in each training session. First to raise the internal level of the squad and make it difficult for the coach. I feel much better, I have assimilated the workloads. The legs are getting better. Many focus only on the results, but the coach, the physical trainers and the players also look for other things in the pre-season.

Q: I was surprised that you also spoke of catching the tone passing the ball...
A: One thing is the physical level. Running, jumping, working, and another is the ball. Personally, the ball is not that I don't like it, but the texture doesn't quite convince me. Years ago, it was also an Adidas ball in Segunda B, but it had a different texture. this is more plastic. We discussed it inside the changing room. If you passes it, it will go away, if you put your foot down it will go away... over here it rains and there is mud... but they are elements that we are going to find during the year and we must be fine.

Q: It seems that VŠzquez is going to bet on a 4-4-2. This system demands more from strikers than just finishing the plays. You will have to put the game between the lines...
A: Yes. The coach is committed to an aggressive system, to attack. He is aware that you need to add as many points as possible and takes into account that there are players to do that. In Getafe and Rayo, I played as second striker in many games and it isnít a strange task for me, I feel comfortable. What I am also saying is that the work of the forwards will be important defensively. You will have to work hard and not just live of the goals and shots.

Q: All the new signings speak of a beautiful and ambitious challenge... but at the same time it is complicated to manage. It seems that they have little to gain and much to lose...
A: The pressure is there. The one generated by the club, the badge, the city... because of what it represents and the entity's past. But we have to be aware that you cannot run before crawling. You just have to look at the next game, looking further would be a mistake on our part and on everyone's part. When I came to play against Depor, I saw a group of fans that knows football and I think they understand like us. Let's go game by game and that the game of the weekend is the most important one.

Q: And on an individual level? You return to Spanish football at the age of 35, do you have anything to prove? I don't know if to other people or to yourself?
A: There has always been one person to whom I have tried to show a lot. And itís myself. I have that internal struggle with me, always wanting to improve myself. Since childhood, wanting to reach the elite and be Venezuelan was a very big limitation. I wanted to play in Spain already when I started in Caracas. And I did it. I wanted to play the Champions League, the Europa League. And I did it. To score goals for Madrid, Sevilla... play the Copa Amťrica... The hope that I have now is next Sunday. May the team win and try to always add at the changing room, on the field and integrate well.

Q: Does the decision of footballers tend to simplify when they prioritize the economic over the competitive level at the time of going to exotic leagues? It doesnít mean that you lose the desire to compete...
A: In my case, that's why I came back. From Getafe I went to Qatar because it was a train that economically I had to get on. I signed for three years and after two years I said enough, because I wanted to continue competing. I returned to Rayo and received the player of the month award, I scored goals... I went out again and now I'm back, I'm here because of that competitive fire that I have inside. Being a footballer is a job like any other. If a baker is told to go make bread to the next town charging 200 times more, he leaves. And that doesnít mean that he will make bad bread. Itís a short race. Maybe people see the big stars and classify all the players like that. I wish it were so, but it isn't. There are trains that pass once in a lifetime and you cannot let them escape.

Q: Tell me about that Galicia - Venezuela connection, have you already made a homeland here?
A: Needless to say! [he laughs] The connection is a great product of when things werenít good here, many Galicians left, and now it is the other way around and their children or grandchildren return. You meet many Venezuelans on the street, here they are well treated, as were the Galicians there. My compatriots are happy. I go out to the streets, I listen to Venezuelans and I feel at home. I'm happy because I feel like I have a piece of my land here.
 

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