Brave. The coach of Real Madrid is
betting on the same system which defeated Barcelona against Levante,
because otherwise "I´d stay at home". He knows that "there are seven
finals and tey have to win them". He´s convinced of the performance of
Borja in place of Gravesen, and of the importance of Figo and Guti,
despite their not being in the starting eleven, , Luxemburgo is betting
on not thinking about Barcelona.
You´d be happy with a 0-1, or with a repeat of the score against
I´m not a fortune teller. All victories are good, in the end they´re
worth three points.
During the last training session David Beckham exercised on his own,
will he be able to play against Levante?
Yes, he´s spoken to me and, despite having slight pains, we can count on
He will also be on the team.
Will the absence of Gravesen affect the team much?
Helguera, Samuel are Pavón all used to playing with Gravesen, who stays
at the back supporting them. That´s why Borja will play, because he´s
used to playing more behind, and we are going to play with three
forwards and we´ll need someone in this position.
Have you noticed Luis Figo having a different attitude after his
replacement against Barcelona?
I haven´t spoken with him, but he´s more a player of the selection, and
I´ll call on him when it´s necessary. He´s still working well. It´s
normal for him to be a bit angry as he´s not playing, but his
performance is good.
The one who is having no problems is Michael Owen, lots of good
He´s having a good patch and is doing things very well. He´s in a great
period of form.
If you win against Levante, Barcelona will start their match with
only a three point advantage. Will who plays first be a deciding factor?
Nosotros no estamos pendientes de jugar antes o después, sólo nos vale
ganar. No podemos pensar en ellos. Hay que ganar y esperar los siete
partidos, si lo consiguen, enhorabuena, de lo contrario, estaremos ahí
para aprovechar nuestra oportunidad. Que cada uno se ocupe de sus
Isn´t it a risky decision to play with Borja who has been ever on the
main team in a League game?
Before Barcelona you said the same thing of Figo, but if I don´t take
risks, I stay at home.
But it would be better to use Guti, with more experience and more
He´s a good player, versatile, but I have chosen Borja. It´s not about
using Guti or not, I might think about him for the second half depending
on the state of the other players.
What you are proving is that any player in good form can play.
All the players can take part in the rotations. I have never said that
the doors are closed for Figo or Guti. I´d rather repeat what we did
against Barça. My homework starts when the players´s work is over.
It seems that lately you are designing a line-up depending on the
No, it´s not that. I never organize the line-up depending on the other
team, but on many other circumstances.
Will we see a Real Madrid with three forwards until the end of the
It can work, but maybe not always. I like it a lot when the other team
are worried about the player that can score the goals, that the coach is
focused on that detail.
What do you think about the comments of Eto´o about you winning
They are things people say, mentioned by the Press. If we had lost, this
week would have been very different. Eto´o is a great person, and a
great player. These are just part of this sport. It´s ok.
The last events in Milan and Brazil have damaged the image of
The football is a great sport, we must create fans, go with the family,
that the children can go without fear to learn. It´s a very complicated
matter, because many things happen on the pitch. To provoke is usual in
football, but I don´t like it, I don´t even like it when the players are
racist. We must stop it. People should stop shouting “monkey, monkey” to
some players, I find it very unpleasant.
Have you studied well to Levante?
They are a very strong team at home and we will have to overcome a very