Atletico Madrid: Trippier: Atletico Madrid are a very attractive team, I don’t listen to what people say
Atletico Madrid The Englishman spoke to MARCA
Kieran Trippier has been breaking moulds since starting out with Manchester City, then admiring David Beckham.
The right-back is one of Atletico Madrid‘s most threatening attacking options since signing from Tottenham Hotspur in the summer, and he’s already overcome any cultural barrier that was expected to slow down his integration.
He sat with MARCA for an interview.
I hope more come. It’s a privilege to be at this great club and I want to achieve great things here and help the team to have a good season.
There aren’t many English players in Spain. The language can be difficult but it’s a challenge that I’ve accepted. To come here and to soak up the culture, the language is the main reason I came, so speaking Spanish is a priority for me.
My Spanish isn’t as bad as when I arrived, but it’s difficult. I have three classes a week and a teacher who comes to my house and gives me homework. I really enjoy it and want to learn as quickly as possible. I push myself to learn it because I want to improve my communication with my teammates and get involved more, but I know it takes time.
Well, they [the South Americans] speak very fast. But I understand the words I know [when they use them]. It’s important to come to a team with players from a lot of different countries; they help you.
With [Mauricio] Pochettino I worked very hard and it’s the same here. I’ve always watched [Atletico] in the Champions League and in LaLiga [Santander] and I knew how they worked. I was in good shape when I came, I wanted to work, learn and try my best and that’s all I can do.
It’s all about training. As a player you want to adapt as quickly as possible and I think I’ve done that. I follow the instructions of the coaching staff and give 100 percent in every training session and match. I like improving and I think I’m at the best team to get better.
How close everyone is. From the staff to the players. Sometimes you don’t see that in England, but this club is like a family. For me it’s important to be part of it and I’m very happy.
I’ve seen for years that Atletico have the best defence and I wanted to be part of it. We work extremely hard in training to get results. I’m ready to learn and am hopeful for the future.
As a footballer you know when you need to move. It was a good decision for me, but coming to Atletico was easy. I feel it’s the best place for me to progress as a player, with the best coach to play under and learn from.
I didn’t play for City, so I soon left. I didn’t have chances and I realised I had to leave because I wanted to play football. I was in the Championship for a few years and believed I could reach the highest level. I was patient, waited for opportunities and I reached the Premier League. Now I’m happy to be at Atletico and I’m very happy with my career. I wouldn’t change it.
Yes, for everything he did in his career. With Manchester United, England and Real Madrid. His goals and his free-kicks helped more than any advice I received when I was young. I always wanted to be like him and he’s the only person I could say is my idol.
People say that, but I don’t hit it like he did. I wouldn’t even try it. He was excellent.
Yeah, I spoke to him before the game and he congratulated me for reaching the semi-finals. Although the result was a disappointment, I was happy with how we played.
It was special to receive a message from Beckham. It was also a pleasure when I met him before playing for Tottenham and we shared some words.
I practised different techniques from when I was young at City. My coach taught me after sessions, and we spent hours working on dead balls.
There are a lot of us. Koke is very good, [Thomas] Lemar, Thomas [Partey]… Every chance I have, I try to do my best to assist my teammates and create a [goalscoring] opportunity. We have a lot of good assist makers in this team.
Of course. I was close with Tottenham and my goal at Atletico is to do my best to help. We’re not looking too far away; we’re focused on the next game, and game by game we’ll see where we are at the end of the season.
Of course. I want to play in the Champions League. It was a major disappointment to lose the final, but we have a good team [at Atletico] and a good chance again this season. I wouldn’t say it’s an obsession, but I’d love to play in a final again.
No, we have a great team with a strong defence, and you can see the forwards we have. We’re offensive and play attractive football, so I don’t listen to what people on the outside say. I focus on my teammates, what the coach wants and winning games, that’s what’s important.
When I came for pre-season, I soon realised how hard you have to work under Simeone. I saw the demand he put on his players. To play for him you have to work extremely hard, and I’m willing to do it.