The footballer talked about his first season in FC Barcelona
Arda Turan gave an interview to the British magazine Four Four Two, where he analyzes his first season at FC Barcelona. Surely the Turkish has not had the desired impact at Barça, but has not lost optimism and hopes to improve next season.
“When I felt any doubt, I just thought about my childhood, because Barça is my dream club. To wear this shirt, to become friends with Andres Iniesta, Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez, Neymar… I had good motivation to be patient."
“I have been playing 40 to 50 games every season for a long time, so I spared some time just for myself. There were a couple of books I’d been meaning to read, and Luis Enrique sometimes gave me three or four days off to get out and learn the city. There were a couple of downsides to my situation but I turned them into positives.”
“Luis Enrique has a different approach. We always use the ball at training, even when we’re working on conditioning.
"He wants us to always be comfortable with the ball at our feet. It’s more fun!”
“I learned so much from Simeone. I used to think defending was all about chasing the other team’s full-back for 90 minutes, but he taught me the importance of the core, and helped me to improve the positional aspect of my game. His style was more defensive and strict, so training was much heavier."