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Wednesday, 5 April 2017

Soldado surprised by the Spurs fans

Roberto Soldado, now at Villarreal in Spain) was not a success in English football unfortunately. He was a proven goalscorer brought by Andre Villas-Boas as one of the summer seven that included, Christian Eriksen, Erik Lamela, Nacer Chadli (now WBA), Paulinho (now Guangzhou Evergrande, China), Etienne Capoue (now Watford) and Vlad Chiriches (now Napoli).

The comparisons with Vincent Janssen are there. Both used to work tirelessly chasing the ball and gained fan support as a result. Both, however, didn't and don't get into the box and goalscoring positions enough. Neither created or create chances for themselves, although Janssen is now starting to get one or two shots away. Perhaps what Pochettino has been saying to him about developing his game is getting through.

The difficulty is getting into a negative mindset and hiding in games, not hiding from the ball, but unconsciously hiding from scoring opportunities, afterall you can't miss a chance you don't have. Both to an extent have hidden behind work rate.

Pochettino cites belief as the most important aspect of football

Having returned from a cruciate ligament injury recently, Soldado spoke to Mediterraneo de Periodico (follow the link to read the full article, you'll need to translate it of course) who asked him about his time in England at Tottenham Hotspur.

Question - How has the Soldier evolved from a few years ago and the present one?

“Since I left the Premier League, I’ve changed my way of thinking, and now I see things a different way. I thought I would go to Tottenham to enjoy myself, but that wasn’t the case. The truth is that it was really hard, especially when Villas-Boas left, who was the manager who brought me there.

“Furthermore, my family suffered a lot because the change was very sudden, especially when it came to the climate and the language.”

Question - Did something positive would come of the experience in England?

"We must recognize that there is a lot of difference between how football is experienced in the Premier League and in the Spanish League. In England there is much more passion; In Spain we are light years away. But above all, what surprised me the Premier League was the respect that fans have with footballers and coaches."

Question - Can you give an example?

“I remember that we lost 5-0 at home against Liverpool, and when we went to our cars, our fans applauded us, cheered us and also asked us for autographs. In Spain, you would have to wait two hours so that no one would reproach you of anything”.

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