|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 09 13 Retrieve
[Jorge Valdano on Jose Mourinho] He’s a figure who is perfectly suited to these bombastic, shallow times. I couldn’t understand him because he is in the antithesis of my sensitivity. Intelligence and ego are enemies. And when they collide, the ego wins. If Guardiola is Mozart, that makes Mourinho Salieri. He would have been a great musician if Mozart had never existed. I’ve never heard him say a single thing about football worth remembering, whether in public or in private. He had one of the best squads in the history of Real Madrid. He always remained just outside the door of the Champions League. That was the big challenge which he did not manage to succeed at
2014 11 01 Retrieve
[Jorge Valdano on Lionel Messi] He has lost his ability to disrupt the defence – something which used to solve many past games for Barça. His position has changed on the pitch and now his job is more to provide assists. In the World Cup we saw that something was up with Messi – he walked around the pitch. He was physically not at his best and maybe that is the reason for playing further back: to not tire himself so much
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
2015 08 01 Retrieve
[Jorge Valdano on Lionel Messi] I understand people need scapegoats and they also need heroes. Messi carries the two roles on his shoulders. When the team wins and he contributes to the success with his fantastic football, we go to the altar to worship him. When the team loses, we go to the same altar to sacrifice him
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
2019 10 27 Retrieve
[Jorge Valdano’s article in El País in which he says Raúl will be Madrid’s Guardiola or Simeone if he takes over] Their future is called Raúl. Madrid will find their Guardiola [in Raúl], their Simeone: that is, the personification of their institutional character
2020 02 10 Retrieve
[Jorge Valdano says the next footballing genius will be more similar to superhuman Cristiano Ronaldo than miracle Lionel Messi] Messi contradicts everything. Being a genius, he can change anything. He has the power of a hero, of a superstar. This week he released a statement on Instagram responding to Eric Abidal, the technical secretary, who had for some reason criticised the players – he left Barcelona shaking. Then, on the pitch, he has the power to imbalance any side. He has decided three of the last four results with his devastating influence. He has become more mature and more aware of his power
There is only one Messi. It’s hard to know what will come after him. Taking into consideration that a genius is born every 15 or 20 years, the next one will have a more academic background. Messi is a formative miracle: he owes his gifts to both the streets and the academy. Until the age of 13 he grew up in Argentina, with a more informal education, then moved to Barcelona where he learned to play attractive football - but it was much more formal
The streets have disappeared from training schools for football players. In South America there are still areas of poverty where football continues to reign. The next Messi will be more similar to Cristiano Ronaldo than Messi, more physically superhuman, more competitive, just as heroic, but cut from a different cloth
2020 02 10b Retrieve
[Jorge Valdano says Pep Guardiola has had the biggest influence in world football] Liverpool does not speculate: it is a team that attacks you even when you defend, very physical, that leaves the impression that you never get tired. Klopp has a strategist, which is Firmino, and two bullets, Mane and Salah. The novelty is that the three play very close, they spread the field from one end of the area to the other. That said; nobody has influenced world football more than Guardiola.
Any third division team opens to the centre, pulls the sides forward, asks for the ball at the back and goes towards the middle to create numerical superiority. It’s very interesting that we are not in the dynamics of the old days, when a very good team ended up beaten by a team from a very speculative school of thought. You don’t see many teams waiting and throwing balls forward. The result is God-like. There is a demand for the show that Guardiola set up, which, in some way, has modified the demand of people towards the football they see
There was a time when scouts of clubs were going to watch games to discover talents. Then they walked away from the field and started watching videos to analyze the talents. And now there are analysis departments in clubs that go directly to big data. There is no team that does not have a video analysis department and does not try to thoroughly analyze the players, not always putting the data in context. So, on many occasions, I see coaches lose themselves in the details and make the essentials secondary
[Valdano believes his former club have the right man in charge to avoid such a fate] I take Zinedine Zidane as a good example in Madrid. Zidane is a simplifier; he believes in talent, knows that there are better and worse players, and is related to football in a natural way. This is a guy who knows everything, who keeps the essentials of football, and doesn’t get confused even when you lose. You have to value that kind of thing
2020 02 15 Retrieve
[Jorge Valdano on Lionel Messi] There is only one Messi. It’s hard to know what will come after him. Taking into consideration that a genius is born every 15 or 20 years, the next one will have a more academic background. Messi is a formative miracle: he owes his gifts to both the streets and the academy. The next Messi will be more similar to Cristiano Ronaldo than Messi, more physically superhuman, more competitive, just as heroic, but cut from a different cloth
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 02 27b Retrieve
[Jorge Valdano says Sunday’s upcoming El Clasico clash between La Liga leaders Barcelona and bitter rivals Real Madrid is a 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 the match [against 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
Barcelona had an appalling match against Napoli. It’s not the same playing against Napoli as it is playing against City. We have to analyse the matches in full and I think that there are more positive things to take from Real Madrid’s match than from Barcelona. Then again, Barca also go into [El Clasico] after Messi scored four goals in one La Liga match (5-0 vs Eibar).
I was waiting for City [to do something], Madrid had possession and they were in charge. But when City didn’t have the ball they never messed up. Then, after City’s first goal, Real Madrid lost control and that’s something that’s been happening frequently. Real Madrid need to score first in the second leg but they don’t have a good relationship with goals at the moment
2020 02 29 Retrieve
[Barcelona kick-off El Clasico leading a very ordinary title race] What is new about this Clasico is that it is like a race between two cripples. The two teams are doing very badly at the moment
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
2020 03 28 Retrieve
[Jorge Valdano on Zidane] He believes in talent, he knows that there are better and worse players, and relates to football in a natural way. This is a guy who knows everything but who keeps the essentials of football simple
2020 04 20 Retrieve
[Speaking last September, former Real Madrid manager Jorge Valdano] James Rodriguez is a world-class player and if he is able to commit himself like he has, we have a player who is going to give another leap in quality to the squad. He is more mature and has learned along the way. I am convinced that he will be able to take advantage of this second chance and he will perform at his level
2020 05 08 Retrieve
[What is tiki-taka? How tactics made famous by Barcelona and Spain work] Pep Guardiola is the Steve Jobs of football: experimental, brave, a lover of beauty and innovative. He is a reference point in world football and rightly so. Barca have turned their football into a culture