Spain: Bernat: I owe an apology to the coach who put me at left-back
Spain Discussed his career with MARCA
Juan Bernat has revealed that he had a tough time adapting to the new role when a youth coach decided to switch him to left-back.
However, the Paris Saint-Germain player, who has impressed with his performances as a full-back, has indicated that he should now apologise to his former coach.
Bernat, who was called up by Robert Moreno for Spain‘s upcoming games against Norway and Sweden, discussed his career and current situation with MARCA.
What things have you changed?
Does all this go hand in hand with the demands that being at PSG implies?
“Of course they are the top team in France, one of the best in Europe. The pressure is always very high and requires you to give your maximum. This year we have already lost two games in Ligue 1 and everyone talks and criticises. You have to always be very involved.”
Losing in the league is something strange for PSG.
“Last season we started by winning 14 games in a row. In this campaign we already lost the second game. In a way people are not used to. Also, there is the goal of [winning] the Champions League. What really matters is the end of the season.”
With winning the league being so easy, can a player give priority to the Champions League in their head?
“Not at all. You go out the same in every match. It is true that the Champions League gives you an extra, but I always go to the maximum in every game because football fascinates me and I always try to give my best. I don’t care if it’s league, cup, or Champions League.”
It was tough for you to switch to left-back, right?
“[Laughs] Yes, it was a difficult change. A youth coach had already tried. I didn’t see it right. In the end I adapted. It is true that football has changed a lot, that today the full-backs are much more offensive and are almost always attacking. Even more in teams like Bayern Munich or PSG.”
Have you talked to that coach again?
“No. The truth is that I do owe him an apology. It’s Vicente Mir. He was the first. I thought that I could not play well there and that it wasn’t my position. And look, he was right.”
Who are your role models?
“Jordi Alba, who is also my friend. Another is Marcelo, a great left-back. And another one I learned a lot from is David Alaba.”
And Robert Moreno?
“I returned to play for him in Malta, a very difficult game for everything that happened with the sad news of Luis Enrique. In Robert I see a trained coach, with very clear ideas about his work.”
Would you compare him to a coach you have had?
“No, because he hasn’t been there for long and because I don’t like comparisons. Each coach is different. He likes the style of having the ball, but having it to hurt with fast transitions and generate danger. That’s what we look for.”
Are there arguments for Spain to believe again?
“Yes. Because there are great players, capable of doing great things.”
You’re missing Jordi Alba and Jose Gaya, but Sergio Reguilon is there. Do you think you have chances of being one of the left-backs at the European Championship?
“They are great players. I will try my best and fight until the coach decides. The last word is his. I’m going to do everything in my power.”