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Q&A WITH JONÁS GUTIÉRREZ

23 Jan 2016
Jonás Gutiérrez conceded an interview to newspaper La Voz de Galicia; the Argentine winger talked of his problems to adapt to the team after arriving late in the market and also analyzed his positions at the lineups.

Q: You faced problems to adapt to the team, why?
A: The fact of arriving late, plus find a team that made a great first round, makes you to be running from behind. And at the time I began to have continuity I suffered an injury, but I try not to look back. I’m very positive and try to improve and look only the present and what lies ahead. I cannot do anything only seeing what happened. I just know that when you arrive late then you are in disadvantage, because there are other guys who have made the pre-season with time and are up to date. And those are the circumstances in which I found myself, it’s not an excuse. You look back and see that there’s a second round to improve what I did in the first.

Q: Are you adapting to be a new player? Apparently you little have to do with that winger at Mallorca.
A: To say that that, unless the matches I could play as a starter against Atletico and Levante, I haven’t played on the wing. I played against Mirandés more in the inside. But those were the circumstances that occurred. When you go out with 15 or 20 minutes to make defensive duties, you try to meet them and help the team. When you go out from minute one you can play as usual.

Q: But it has been more an indication of the coach or because you no longer feel so dribbler?
A: No, I like and enjoy playing on the wing, one on one...

Q: More than to play as a centre midfielder?
A: I had to play as a centre midfielder, because in Newcastle we had many problems with the injuries, and I took different positions. You always try to help. The position that I'm used to perform, and I always played, was the left wing, but the coach is the one who decides. We are here to work and give everything, but I'm not a player who has changed the way I play. Yes, before I was crazier, now you look over time. But that’s a matter of experience. At some point I will find my place on the wing.

Q: Physically you no longer seems so light, but armed.
A: But that's also because I had to arrive from an English club and the texture of the players is different. Muscularly t’s obvious that there is a change from Mallorca, but that doesn’t mean anything, because in England I played on the wing.

Q: Do you make more gym there?
A: Yes, when I arrived here I talked with doctors. I was in a weight and I lost four kilos compared to what I weighed in England. I was told that this was another league. It is clear that my upper body is pretty... I have a bad back and it looks like... but nothing else. That makes me look a little huge [he laughs]

Q: You have been compared to a gladiator.
A: Yes, but I think it's more for the texture of my back, because I have skinny legs, then it is the contrast. I've been told about it. And my back will not be able to change.

Q: Do you think that after the disease your metabolism is changing?
A: Yes. I had much more weight muscularly in England than I have here, but it's another league, and nothing else. I feel a footballer, it has been my job to enter in order to help to defend and have the ball. What I like the most is playing on the wing, because it's what I always did, but if the coach tells me to fulfill another role, then I’m delighted. Here we are to help, whether it would be a very selfish thought.

Q: Was it a penalty?
A: Not for me. And if I had grasped and committed a penalty, I would say it. I always thought that if you make a mistake, you must admit it. But for me it isn’t a penalty. Indeed, when he feels my arm is above him, but that’s a matter related to the fact that the ball is there and I threw my arm, then he fell down. I neither pushed him nor grab him. What is more, later I watched the play, because I didn’t want to say anything without seeing it, because I could be wrong...

Q: But you put your arm to the rival...
A: He seeks the penalty, the referee bought it and I was booked. I didn’t like the attitude of the referee at the time. I found it a little... and I went to tell him and he moved me out as if to say, "Go out" with disrespect. It was a little arrogant. But that's it. I never like to talk about the referees. I know they make mistakes; they have to make many decisions in a split of a second. The players too, so respect the work of all of them.

Q: Do you notice the difference from English referees?
A: No, I'm just talking about this referee. Against Mirandés, when we played away, there was a play in which I slipped and told the referee, "Excuse me, I slipped, I could hurt him, I wanted to stop and I slipped, the field was like this." And there we had a more cordial relation. He said, "Nothing, it is always a pleasure to talk to you. You are always respectful. Thank you". I always turn right. It is not a subject of Spain and England. I'm talking about a special situation the other day. I am not disrespectful. When I complained about the penalty it was not with fanfare. I didn’t like it. But it stays in the drawer of the anecdotes.
 

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