|Job||xxxx Football Coach|
|Org||xxxx National Team|
|Club as Coach||Real Madrid|
|Club as Player||Real Madrid|
2011 04 03 Retrieve
[Jorge Valdano on Mesut Ozil] He’s the kind of player who goes down well even opponents like watching him
2014 11 12 Retrieve
[Jorge Valdano on Maradona] At first, I went along with him out of a sense of responsibility, but then I realised I was just one more spectator. I didn’t feel there was anything I could do. It was his goal and had nothing to do with the team. It was Diego’s personal adventure, one that was truly spectacular
2016 08 13 Retrieve
[Jorge Valdano, the former Real Madrid striker and coach, later claimed] Sacchi’s Milan was a migration of people. This fixation with always being on the attack altered the old parameters of catenaccio which had made Italian football famous throughout the world
2020 02 27 Retrieve
[Former Real Madrid player and manager Jorge Valdano Labels Upcoming El Clasico ‘Race of the Lame’] This Clasico is a race of the lame. Barca and Madrid are going through hard times. Barcelona’s recovery [in La Liga] is only down to Real Madrid. It’s their bad form that has strengthened Barca’s position.
There are many people that said after [Wednesday’s] match [against Manchester City] that they won’t come on Sunday to avoid the suffering of a defeat but it is a Clasico match, all wounds will be cured. There are many experienced players at Real Madrid and they’re playing at home
2020 03 27 Retrieve
[Maradona’s influence on his team-mates was colossal] Diego used to get really bored while we were all cooped up together at the team’s training camp. The only way to help pass the time was by kicking a ball about. But Bilardo didn’t want us wasting all our energy out on the training pitch, especially seeing as our base in Mexico City was at altitude. We had to make sure we saved our energy.
Sometimes we’d find ourselves in an unusual situation where the team wanted to play and to train but the coach wouldn’t let us. Our world had been turned upside down!
Maradona was a technical leader: a guy who resolved all difficulties that may come up on the pitch. Firstly, he was in charge of making the miracles happen, that’s something that gives team-mates a lot of confidence. Secondly, the scope of his celebrity was such that he absorbed all the pressures on behalf of his team-mates.
What I mean is: one slept soundly the night before a game not just because you knew you were playing next to Diego and Diego did things no other player in the world could do, but also because unconsciously we knew that if it was the case that we lost, then Maradona would shoulder more of the burden, would be blamed more, than the rest of us