If there is a team that is the sensation in Europe today, that is the Vallecano Ray from Andoni Iraola. The Spanish coach has imbued the team with his style and since they returned to LaLiga Santander They have shown that they are up for great challenges, even those that involve qualifying for an international tournament. Along these lines, the strategist has been able to take advantage of all his elements, including Radamel Falcao.
In a recent dialogue with the ‘Coaches Voice’ portal, Iraola touched on various topics, from his career as DT, his beginnings on the bench and what it means for him to be in command of a team like Rayo. Likewise, he explained what it has served him to meet at this stage with a footballer of the Colombian’s career.
As it is remembered, the arrival of the ‘Tigre’ to the Madrid team at the beginning of the season was a revolution, because after having been in the Galatasaray of Turkey, many did not believe that he was qualified to play in a tournament like the Spanish despite your gallons.
However, Andoni Iraola has been able to take it little by little and, although injuries have not allowed him to have the coffee striker in his full fullness, this has been useful in the most spicy moments of the campaign, scoring goals against teams like him Barcelona and Real Madrid.
“Beyond what has been achieved and the illusion that makes us compete against the best, we do not forget that the first of all is work. That is the spirit that accompanies Rayo fans, and that has also been transferred to the players. A mentality that a player of the stature of Radamel Falcao has joined”, He explained.
“I’m going to tell you something I learned from the coaches I had at Athletic or from Patrick Viera in New York City. And is that the player, no matter how big he may be, as Radamel is, you have to always tell him the truth”, He added, referring to the deal he has with the Colombian striker.
“As a coach, you have to make decisions, and those decisions are not always going to please everyone. Radamel, in this case, is a footballer who makes everything easier“, He said.
This means that for Iraola experience is essential in each player, however, this does not mean that this means a different treatment from the rest of the players on the squad.
“Falcao does not demand any preferential treatment. Not when he plays, not when he doesn’t. His experience makes him aware that in the end, collective success leads to individual success. So working with him has been a great experience for me. As is working with all your colleagues”, He specified.
It is worth remembering that Rayo Vallecano is fourth in LaLiga Santander with 30 units. He surpasses Atlético de Madrid, Barcelona, Valencia in the classification, among other greats of Spanish football. His next game will be on Sunday, January 2, against Diego Simeone’s team at the Wanda Metropolitano. The duel will start at 10:15 am and it is very likely that Radamel Falcao will have minutes as in the previous date.
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