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Montoya: "Luis Enrique bet for me at Barça B, it was very important"

Montoya: "Luis Enrique bet for me at Barça B, it was very important"
Montoya: "Luis Enrique bet for me at Barça B, it was very important"
Barça's full-back Martín Montoya has been interviewed at Barça TV. The player from Viladecans remembered his career at Barça since he got in being 9...
Martín Montoya

Barça's full-back Martín Montoya has been interviewed at Barça TV. The player from Viladecans remembered his career at Barça since he got in being 9 years old until his debut with the first team with Guardiola. After being trained by Luis Enrique at Barça B, this season he met again with the Spaniard, whom he also talked about.

Signed for Barça

"I started when I was 9 years old, at Benjamin A. It is a whole life at Barça. We'll see if I can get to the top and retire here"

 

"I played for Gavà when I was 6 years old, in a match two coaches came, talked to me and my father, later they called up for me to make tests. My father wasn't convinced because they already called my brother and after the tests they didn't take him, and he had this bad memory"

 

"At the end I trained 4 days and they took me. When I knew it I went out to the streets to tell my friends"

 

"When I was younger I went to train with my mather, later with a taxi. From Viladecans to the Sports City there were 20 mintues"

 

Coaches at youth teams

"I owe everything to Fèlix Sànchez. He signed me, he trained me the first year"

 

"Sergio Lobera was a coach that he was aiming high, he trained Las Palmas. He was very professional and worked very well"

Teammates

"It was difficult for Marc Bartra to be in the team. He played some matches on the midfield, he also did as right-back, there was one year that we played with a 3-4-3 and I played as 8, as midfielder"

 

"In Cadet, Thiago Alcántara came to be tested at some trainings and it was a show. He get along Gai Assulin and they did whatever they wanted"

 

"Balotelli came to be tested. He was different from now, he didn't have the same personality. He wasn't very good, he was tall. It surprised me that he got so far"

 

"Youth team Cadet A of the 91' Generation were a super-team, everybody talked about it. With Rochina, Planas, Thiago, Romeu... the level was very high, we won all matches by trash. It was the best year"

Being professional

"I never liked cameras, I always tried to avoid them. When you saw cameras recording youth teams it was more pressure for us. Some players wanted to stand up using this"

"I never liked to be protagonist, I prefer to be in a second stand. Obviously you like people to talk about you. But they can also talk badly about you, that's why it's better to be discreet. Since I was young I was very shy"

Luis Enrique's Barça B 

"I made my debut one Saturday with Barça B and on Wednesday my mother had died. I wanted to fight for her and also for my father, fot what he did for me to get there"

 

"At Barça B I coinceded with Luis Enrique. He bet for me, it was a very important step"

 

"Luis Enrique was a model. He was a little scary, he was a coach that played for the first team. The second year I didn't play much, the full-back got injured and after I was able to play almost everything. I was promoted to 2nd division A"

"Luis Enrique is a coach with a lot of personality and very friendly, he tells you everything. He has very clear ideas. He is tactically a 10, he has everything under control"

 

"He gives you trust, if you fail he encourages you so you can improve"

 

"He looks like a hard-core coach but specially he's the first to joke with players. He did them at Barça B, and he did it also being player"

Debut amb el primer equip

"Debut with Guardiola. My legs were shaking, watching Camp Nou almost full, it was spectacular

Current moment

"When you are young you don't know what is in the world, when you reach the top, with the media pressure is very different. You have to do everything right in every match"

"When I arrive at home or when I have a free moment I try to watch matches. Watching young players and how they do it, it's incredible"

 

"It's been 5 years since I study INEF, for what can happen in the future. Who knows if I will be youth teams coach... You must be prepared"