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Magallán: “When necessary, the team took a step forward”

Gabby Barker



Lisandro Mallagan breaks the long silence of Deportivo Alavés. Through a video conference, yesterday he attended the selection of questions from the media and fans that the club's press service transferred to him. Since March 6, when the team played its last official match against Valencia (1-1), no member of the first team had offered a press conference..

Sitting on a sofa, from his home, the defender was close and open. It feels “Desperate to train again” under normal conditions. “What I like the most is playing soccer,” he said, “aware that quarantine must be met.” She lives with her brother, with whom she works daily to keep her shape as much as possible.

He is happy in Vitoria-Gasteiz, where it will remain in principle until June, the date on which its transfer period by Ajax in Amsterdam, the entity that owns its rights, ends. For the moment, positively values ​​the “good season” albiazul. “The team showed character; because when it was necessary to do so, he took a step forward and said present ”, he emphasized with the typical Argentine accent, always passionate when analyzing the Sport King.

“First things, health”

Like the entire planet, it looks expectantly at the horizon. “What we are experiencing has never happened and the most important thing now is people's health,” he said.. “The first thing is to think about how to stop all this and, later, we will see how to solve football,” he said. “Now the fundamental thing is health and to see what economic consequences all this can have for those who have a very delicate situation,” he said in a serious tone. Her face, relaxed during the video conference, changed her expression when addressing this issue.

At the moment, he is confining well. “Like everyone else, I watch movies and series, but the first thing is to respect what we have to do to take care of others and ourselves,” he said.. The motto 'stay home' is present in everyone's mind. Although he works daily in good company, along with his brother, he considers that “the most difficult thing is to train.” “It is not the same to do it in our homes as in Ibaia, along with all the colleagues and the coaching staff,” he noted with nostalgia.

He appealed to responsibility. “We are aware of the situation and we must do it, stay active, because any day they can call us and we must be ready to play”he recalled. “We know the responsibility that comes with wearing this shirt,” he said.

Babazorro footballers spend an average of two hours a day working according to the guidelines of a training plan that includes eating guidelines. The uncertainty of when, and especially in what way, will have to return to the competition is present in his thoughts. “Ideally, there should be a mini preseason, because we haven't been training together for a long time, as we normally do,” he warns..

However, consider all the possibilities. “We work to be together, because at any moment they can call us and tell us that we have to play the next day,” he said consciously that “you have to be ready in case the situation requires it.”

Gastroenteritis, forgotten

The Argentine central defender could not play the last game against Valencia. She was discharged at the last minute due to a severe gastrointestinal problem that required a doctor's visit to her home. Now restored, he is ready to measure up when the competition has to be resumed.

“I would like to have Messi's left foot, it is a super power that he has”, he joked with the longing to step on the Mendizorrotza lawn again. “It is very nice to play at home, because the fans always support you to the fullest and make you feel it,” he said. “I have been fortunate to experience the environment in Argentina and here in Vitoria; they are different, but I like them both ”, he concluded.

Gabby is someone who is interested in all types of sports, she loves to attend watching matches live. Whenever there is a match being played in her city, she makes sure to get the tickets in advance. Due to the love for sports, she joined Sportsfinding, and started writing general sports news. Apart from writing the news, she is also the editor for the website who checks and edits every news content before they go live.

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