Pedro Rodríguez will play the Euros (that start today, with France - Romania) after a difficult season in Chelsea. He left Barça in the summer, where he saw he would not play much and he got to London full of ambition. In an interview to Marca, he explains the situation he is going through:
- "Andrés [Iniesta] for example, we always see he wants more, he brings more, gives all he can to the team. We can see it at every training session. He just wants to win."
- "When a player is in this dynamic of winning what he wants is to make it as long as possible."
- "We know that winning all the time is difficult, it is not a permanent thing, and when you have a great team you want to keep doing it."
- "I had never lived such a situation, being in a big team and see yourself in the relegation zone for Christmas when they had been Champions the year before. You feel very low, they fire a great coach..."
- "We didn't get Mourinho out. We went out to the pitch always to win. We never thought of losing or betraying the coach."
Was it a mistake to leave Barça?
- "No. My journey in Barça was complicated because I had few opportunities and what I wanted was to play. And in that sense I wasn't wrong."
- "I had another vision of how things might work out, but football is like that."
- "I think I will stay here and hopefully go until the end of my contract. I like it very much here in Chelsea."
Guardiola to City
- "We'll see how he does. It's a tough league, complicated. It will be hard for him to apply his game, although we know he's a fantastic coach."
- "He is loyal to his idea and he can convince players to change the direct philosophy of play for something more elaborated."
Mourinho to United
- "[He'll bring] much intensity. It will be a very strong team and consistent at the back. He has a lot of character and clear ideas."
Conte to Chelsea
- "A coach that works a lot on the tactical level and who demands a lot to his players in that area. It can go well for us."
- "We've arrived with good momentum, I see many teammates that arrived after a great season in terms of trophies."
- "[Against Goergia] We weren't feeling good, but all the work that has been done wasn't erased in one bad game."
- "The usual favourite are: Germany, France, England, Italy... But in the Euros everything can happen. There is Belgium, Croatia, who has a great team, and teams who, like in the World Cup, are not favourites but will go far."