He has been the sensation of the
beginning of this season, as, despite the two last defeats, the
Brazilian has shown he can play at Real Madrid and nobody could doubt
his abilities. He defended the system of Luxemburgo and did not want to
hear any talk of bad spells as the championships are only just starting.
He didn’t promise goals, just to help the team to win titles.
Were you a bit disappointed with this start to
I began with victory, and then later we suffered two defeats. But the
season is only just starting, it’ll be difficult, but we players are
prepared to get the results we want. Also there have been signings and
you always notice their effect a bit after the start.
People said you’d have a bit of trouble adapting, but we have seen you
at a good level.
I am used to playing, and obviously at Real Madrid the level of
difficulty is the highest. That’s why I always hope to be at a good
There has been a lot of criticism of Luxemburgo for his system, do you
To me it seems good, he’s relaxed and understands all the situations,
and I’m sure we’ll end up playing well. The season is just starting and
I’m sure that in the next matches we’ll do better. We are trying to do
what the coach asks of us. Luxemburgo trusts in his system.
How did you feel the other day with Raúl?
He’s a good player and I get on well with him, but of course, everything
needs a certain time to adapt to.
Have you noticed many differences in respect to the Brazilian defenders?
They are good, good players, but they don’t go for the ball, as you’d
expect. I’m sure I won’t have any problems.
In some circles people are talking about a small crisis.
This is only just the beginning, and I think the players are prepared
and capable. We have players with a lot of qualities, and now we are
only focussing on the next match in order to win.
In the last few days, Luxemburgo wanted to take pressure off you, saying
that Robinho didn’t play alone.
And it’s true. In this team, when we win, we win everything, and when we
lose, the same.
How has this first month at Madrid been?
Very positive, I’m happy playing in this team, with so much tradition
and history. I’m hoping to transmit my happiness through my playing and
bring them titles.
And what do you think of the fact that Luxemburgo plays without wingers?
Vanderlei has won a lot with this system. We are only starting and in a
short while we will have adapted and things will go better.
Is the team ok?
It always hurts to lose, and we also know that you can’t always win, but
we are going to come out and win everywhere.
What do you think of the team?
They are excellent players, and they are here because they deserve to be.
I hope to contribute with my playing.
Do you prefer to play further back, or at the front?
It depends on where the coach chooses to put me tactically, I don’t have
any preference. In Brazil I was more towards the front, but if they want
me further back then there’s no problem. I can adapt to any position.
Do you know anything about Espanyol?
I think they’re a good team, they are motivated about playing at home,
in front of their fans, but we, despite our respect for them, are going
there to win.
When Ronaldo came he said he was surprised by Guti, who grabbed your
attention the most?
They’re all excellent players: Raúl, Beckham, Zidane, Casillas… and very
capable of playing here.
Ronaldo bet on getting 35 goals; Robinho?
I don’t mind who scores the goals, the important thing is for the team