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Betis: Joacon: “At 41 years old, being able to play these types of matches is a privilege”


Joacon Sanchezcaptain Betisis the football player chosen by the club to accompany him Manuel Pellegrini In the official press conference before the first leg of the round of 16 European League Submitted by verdiblancos this afternoon, at Old Trafford. The eternal leader is very excited about this qualifying round in a great place as he will be looking for a good result for the second leg.

Pellegrini says he doesn’t see him as a coach

“Yes, he knows me well. We’ve already had this conversation from time to time. But as a player, of course, at a stadium like Old Trafford, against Manchester. Ever since I was young, one dreams of playing this kind of match. We face it with enormous illusion, and try to compete to Maximum We know that tomorrow we have to bring out our best version to achieve a good result.

I’ve played these years at San Siro, Olimpico, and now Old Trafford… Thus the desire to retire has been annihilated

“Yeah, it’s quite true in the world. One always competes and dreams of being here, in these kind of stadiums, and facing great teams like Manchester. The least he thinks about now is not to continue playing football. For me, at this point in my career, At the age of 41, to be able to play this kind of match is a privilege, a dream and a source of pride to be able to take on historic rivals like Manchester United.”

How do they live this moment in the team?

“We know an important moment is coming and we have to be on hand, knowing that an opportunity could come your way at any moment. We’ve had big losses, we’re trying to make the team notice it as little as possible. We’re good at it, people 200% because we know these are An important moment to try to keep the team growing. We know we’ll get our chance and tomorrow is a great chance to play a good game and get a good result in the second leg.”

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Do you want to go to the Prime Minister?

“The moment that was talked about many times and Chelsea was the closest. But at that time I was not a footballer and I wanted to leave Betis, I felt important, I was happy. I still missed a lot of nice opportunities, but I was happy, and that was the most important thing. No I still have the chance to come, play and enjoy this great league and these great teams and it’s a real privilege.”

Did you come thinking it was the last time?

“I promise I don’t think that if I thought it was my last time I would go a different way and not enjoy it the same way. It’s not my idea, I’ve been enjoying, feeling important, feeling like a footballer, having the privilege of playing in these stadiums as a great team like Manchester The least I can think of is that this will be my last match on these types of courts.”

What party are you imagining? Are you going to start?

“That question is for the coach (laughs). It will be a very intense game where I think we will have to play as we define ourselves, as a cheerful and aggressive team that plays the father of anyone who knows who we have. Up front, we know who we are up against and that there is one more game to play.

My brain to compete to the limit

“I think the footballers, or those of us who make up Betis, are excited about competing at the highest level and that is it. You can always go one step further, since Manuel’s arrival we have been in Europe for several years, increasing, there is a regularity and stability in which the team continues to progress, But with his feet on the ground, knowing that there are very strong and important teams, and for us, there is a special drive to play these kinds of matches, to compete, that’s the beauty, to be able to play European competitions every year and continue to grow little by little.”

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What dreams at Old Trafford?

“It’s easy to dream here, I dream of having a good game, competing at the level these games deserve and getting a good result. I hope Buteyko leaves happy to see Betis compete against a great team.”



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