In the second Interlull chitter-chatter round-up of the week, we’ve got snippets from three ex-players, including Cesc Fabregas who has just taken his first senior coaching role, and an emphatic description of Takehiro Tomiyasu from club captain Martin Odegaard.
Fill yer boots…
Leandro Trossard on dealing with the pressure of top-level football…
For me, luckily I’m a pretty relaxed guy. For me, it’s quite easy, I just focus on football and enjoying my game and that’s all I care about, if you can be on that pitch and give something back to the supporters, it’s the most beautiful feeling. My missus even tells me before the game that I wouldn’t even look up to see where my family is because I’m so focused on the game and enjoying that 90-95 minutes that I get, or if you’re on the bench, 20 minutes, that’s all I play for.
Granit Xhaka on comparisons between Mikel Arteta and Xabi Alonso…
I had a very, very good relationship with Mikel, of course. A young coach who had a first job at a big, big club like Arsenal, of course [like] Xabi now. I see not a lot of big difference between them. They think the same, they work the same. I’m more than happy, it’s a privilege for me to have Mikel before and Xabi now. First of all he [Alonso] was an amazing player. Secondly for me as a midfielder – like how Mikel was as well – Xabi is showing many, many small details on the pitch. For me that’s something special.
Source: CBS Sports
Cesc Fabregas on his career regret…
I’m a very positive guy and I always look forward, I don’t like to look backwards too much but maybe if, when I went to Barcelona from Arsenal, I think if I would go back now on time I would wait a little bit more and I would have gone maybe a little bit later. But apart from that really my life was okay, my career was okay so I’m very happy.
Source: Web Summit (via Sky Sports)
Martin Odegaard on Takehiro Tomiyasu…
The best thing about Takehiro is that he’s a warrior.
Ian Wright on when he started to think about retiring from football…
When Nicolas Anelka started playing, it was like watching Ronaldo turn up. I saw that and I was 31 or 32, I knew my time was short, and I could see that he was unbelievable. I wanted to retire at Arsenal and when he came, I knew that I was going to be leaving soon. When I started to see him play, I couldn’t find many faults with him at 17.
Source: Stick to Football podcast
Gabriel Magalhaes on having three Brazilians in the Seleção…
It’s good for the club and for us. The three Gabriels in the national team is so good for us, for everyone and the fans. It’s good for the club and we work very hard to be there. To play for Brazil is a big dream. My debut was so special. When I’m there I’m so happy. I spend a good time with the players. It’s a good feeling to sing the national anthem. It’s better and better every time I go to the national team.