“I always thought that at Barça they pushed me to go to Madrid”

first_imgLuis Milla (Teruel, 12-3-1966) has given a telematic interview to AS in which he recounts experiences of his time as the first youth midfielder in the ‘Cruyff model’, his transfer to Real Madrid, his time in different categories of the Spanish National Team, including the Olympic and his failure in London 2012, and his episodes as a coach, the last of them more than a year ago in Indonesia. Before the State of Alarm, he was a commentator and wants to return to a bench.You were one of the first players from the Barça youth team that Cruyff led to the first team and with great success, and then made the leap to Real Madrid. How was that radical change?I have a great memory for better and for worse, because it was a difficult situation, because of the transfer. I had the feeling that they pushed me to go to Madrid. In between, I ran out of going to the National Team, there was a lot of media noise and I had a difficult five or six months. He did not play because the then Barça coach made a series of decisions that had more to do with the club and what he thought, than for my benefit. But in the end I arrived in Madrid, where I spent seven very good years, even though I broke the crusader shortly after arriving.It was the first ‘4’ of the Cruyff system that was promoted at Barça, how do you see the evolution of the model and of that specific position?In general, that very important position in the model that Cruyff started has not changed much, because Barça has been very scrupulous with the style. After me, very similar, very intelligent and fast-running players have taken over, with Busquets improving us all.How do you remember the Milla-Redondo debate when they met in Madrid?Many Madrid fans remind me of that rivalry, which was very positive for the team. We were both fighting for a spot, because Jorge Valdano’s idea was to play only with a midfielder. He was the starting theoretician and I was the substitute, but we both played a lot in the two years we coincided. We were very different, but even so we adapted to what Valdano wanted and we contributed to that team playing good football.Do you think that Barça and Guardiola’s possession and position football has been surpassed by Klopp’s Liverpool transition football?Guardiola’s Barça made a great football, because he gives Cruyff a twist and takes him to superlative heights. But in order to counter that game, football evolves and Klopp’s Liverpool, for example, is capable of making an equally valid and very good game, with a very physical team, but with a lot of quality, which is capable of surprising with a rhythm dizzying in transitions.You were a quarry player and are the father of a quarry player. Which works best, Barça or Madrid?It is complicated because very good players come out of the two quarries. I think Madrid has a sound policy of signing young talents, it has very good scouters, but in terms of the collective line of work to maintain the football style, Barça has done very well in recent years, because the base He plays just like the first team and that benefits players when they go up. And then there are also batches, which have little or a lot to do with both, such as Quinta La Quinta del Buitre ’in Madrid or Mini La Quinta del Mini’ in Barça. What do countries like Indonesia, China, the Arab Emirates or Qatar lack to make a definitive qualitative leap in their football?Virtually all football in Asia is very far from the level of Europe. It is true that then there are different levels in Asian football. They are on the right track, but at a different speed and, above all, what they have to do is choose their managers, who seek the best for their football, not the best for them. When I joined the Indonesian national team, the absolute team could not compete for a FIFA sanction for corruption. Their problem is at the base, where they have to keep improving on three legs: coaches, facilities and good tournaments in which to progress by competing.How were you seeing Real Zaragoza this year and how was your time at the club the months you were there?Until the League stopped, I was in a great moment. There are three key aspects to this good season: Victor knows very well the philosophy of that club, Zaragoza has done a great job at the grassroots, despite the economic problems it has had, has insisted with the youth team and is now bearing fruit , and after he has signed a series of very relevant players in the category. And with regard to my stage there, in those six months it is true that I could do better, but the atmosphere was not the best and that was mixed with the fact that the leaders wanted to be in the First in the second or third day of the League and that got him to the team an added and harmful pressure.Do you think LaLiga should be restarted even if it has no audience? You are a coach and have been a player: how do you see the proposed protocols?We don’t need to be in a hurry, because the important thing is health, but it is true that well-defined protocols will have to be followed for maximum security. I have no doubts that you are going to play behind closed doors, because it cannot be otherwise, but we are going to see when you can train again and how; it will be necessary to do a kind of mini-season… It will be difficult to return to the competition.What are your plans for when we get out of confinement to a more or less normal life?Before the Alarm State I was a commentator and the truth is that I liked it, debating and analyzing football, but obviously what I want is to train. My last experience was in the Indonesian team, a year and a half ago, and the last in Spain, in Zaragoza four years ago. When I finished my journey in Indonesia and returned, I had the feeling that I was left out of the ‘wheel’, out of the market, so I hope to have a new opportunity in my market, which is mainly Second Division, when we get out of this. And if not, it would be, but always under certain conditions, such as those I had in the United Arab Emirates or Indonesia. That year the team did not do very well and we had the opportunity to play that trophy just after the season. We went to Argentina, accompanied by Di Stéfano, and we did a kind of tour, also in Chile. We went out to play La Bombonera with the 3-1 that we achieved at the Bernabéu and they squeezed us a lot. They had a great team, they went 2-0, but I was lucky to hook her, after Míchel’s corner, and get the trophy that gave us that trophy not recognized by UEFA. The truth is that I have a great memory, because it was one of the few goals I scored in my career.Which players you have coached have reached higher than you expected and, conversely?In the U21 it is difficult for there to be players who do not arrive, but in the U19 there are more cases. Of those who made it high, I will keep two, because I have always been proud of it. I remember that they recommended me, as a coach, to go to Zaragoza to see two boys who played in Aragon, the Zaragoza affiliate, when many others were already playing in the First, facing the 2009 U-20 World Cup in Egypt: Ander Herrera and Victor Laguardia. And when I saw them I liked them a lot, and later they have become renowned professionals.De la Fuente plans to bring to the Tokyo Olympics three of the nine in 1996 who were champions and who will be over 24 years old. Do you think it’s for the best, instead of summoning Ramos or Piqué?Something similar happened to me. I had a conversation with Busquets before the London Games and he wanted to come, but I understood that the award should go to those who had walked the path for two years. I had Mata, Javi Martínez and Adrián. It would not have been any stranger for Busquets to have come, quite the opposite, but for ethics those who had reached the objective should go. In his time as a footballer, the midfield game was still a real trench. Who was the footballer you played against or played with who scratched the most?I remember that in my time as a Barça player, the battles in midfield against Madrid were very hard with Ricardo Gallego. Then we have been friends and we have met many times talking about football, but those matches were very intense; I will not forget once I came out with a bloody mouth from his elbow …Why did that 2012 Olympic Team fail with players like De Gea, Jordi Alba, Javi Martínez, Koke, Thiago, Mata, Rodrigo …?Although we came from being European champions and qualifying for the London Games, it is true that in the tournament we failed. I don’t have a good memory of all that. Things did not start very well after the atmosphere became rare because I decided that my players were in the Olympic Village because they had deserved it and that did not please the Federation. Later, and I am self-critical, things we did not do well, beyond the fact that the preparation fell short.UEFA still does not recognize the official title Madrid won against Boca Juniors from Menotti at La Bombonera in 1994. The goal that Madrid gave that Ibero-American Cup was his, from a great right hand to the squad. How do you remember it? “After me, excellent players have occupied the position of ‘4’ at Barça; Busquets improves us all” “Madrid have a sound policy of signing young talents, but at Barça the style remains because the base plays the same as the first team” “I do not have a good memory of London. The atmosphere was rarefied by a decision I made that the Federation did not like; afterwards we did not do things well and we failed”last_img read more

Doctor Who and the Tale of the Magic Haddock

first_imgStay on target HBO Max Scores Exclusive ‘Doctor Who’ Streaming RightsJo Tro Do Plo Plo No: ‘Doctor Who’ Welcomes Back Familiar Monster This article contains spoilers for “Smile,” episode two of Doctor Who season 10.Past or future?For her first proper TARDIS adventure, Bill wants to know if the fate of the world is a “happy” one.The Earth colony they arrive at—despite its “pure, soaring optimism”—is, of course, anything but as happy as it seems.In a far-off future, when technology has outpaced humans, and people are living in small colonies on distant planets, artificially intelligent robots called Vardy fly in swarms, pollinating wheat fields and keeping everyone happy.The bird-like critters are controlled by impractical-looking androids (I really hope our robot overlords are more pragmatic). They “speak” emoji, expressing feelings via digital eyebrow arches and wide-eyed grins.Don’t be fooled by the Emojibots (via BBC)Don’t be fooled by the smiley faces and thumbs-up icons: The Emojibots handing out mood indicator badges, serving up blue cubes of Jell-o algae, and greeting everyone with a smile.And by “everyone,” I mean the Doctor and Bill—suspiciously the only two non-cyborg lifeforms in the entire city of Erehwon (“Nowhere” spelled backward).“Where are all the people?” the Doctor wonders.Dead; reduced to fertilizer for the planet.The Emojibots had one job: keep colonists happy. But what happens when someone can’t turn their frown upside down?Designed by humans to maintain bliss—ensuring there’s enough oxygen and water, etc.—the Vardy were not programmed to deal with grief. So when the first colonist died, and her friends and family reacted as normal humans would, the robots identified grief “as the enemy of happiness,” and everyone experiencing it as a problem. As a result, they did the most charitable thing they knew how: shut off the humans.Exterminate (via BBC)The “scary, handsome, genius from space” is only able to save the colony once he realizes he needs to save the Emojibots, too.Penned by Frank Cottrell-Boyce—beloved children’s author and writer of Tristram Shandy: A Cock and Bull Story and the upcoming Goodbye Christopher Robin biopic—the episode expertly develops the Doctor and Bill’s relationship, which plays off the pair’s natural chemistry.I do wish the production team had more fun with the mood indicators, particularly Peter Capaldi’s, the expressive Doctor deserved more spirited emojis.The term, made popular by modern smartphones, dates back to the late 1990s; the word comes from the Japanese “e” (meaning “picture”) and “moji” (meaning “character” or “letter”).So, we’re carrying on with Doctor Who: 101, learning more about this madman with a box through the eyes of his curious companion—from the Doctor bragging about stealing the TARDIS to Bill uncovering the cause of his excessively high blood pressure (two hearts, two heartbeats, two algae cubes).Table for two (via BBC)“Smile” also shined a light on Nardole’s role in the Doctor’s life. During his brief appearance at the beginning of the episode, the maternal alien makes it clear he’s keeping a tight leash on the Time Lord, who has broken his oath to stay on Earth “unless it’s an emergency.”“A long time ago, a thing happened. As a result of the thing, I made a promise. As a result of the promise, I have to stay on Earth,” the Doctor vaguely explains to Bill.“Guarding a vault?” “Guarding a vault.”The latter, introduced in season 10 opener “The Pilot,” remains unexplained. Probably retiring showrunner Steven Moffat’s ultimate swan song, the dungeon is likely to make regular appearances throughout the season, culminating in a mind-blowing surprise during the two-part finale.Missed episode one of Doctor Who? Check out our recap of “The Pilot,” as well as our review of Patrick Ness-helmed spin-off Class.last_img read more