BARCELONA-ALAVÉS Tachi: “In any situation, Barça is always a great challenge”

Alberto Rodríguez ‘Tachi’ (23 years old, Fuenlabrada) has made good use of the minutes they are giving this season. He is happy in Vitoria and, having trained at Atlético, hopes to help his former team in the title fight.

They catch Barça very on guard after 2-0 in the Cup. Does that worry?

In any situation, Barça is always a major challenge and requires giving 200 percent. They live a strange moment, but they are third, in the semifinals of the Cup, Champions … They have great players who solve a bad day for you.

What do you think of the Dembélé-Messi-Griezmann trident?

Fantastic players, with speed, punch, authority…. You always want to face the best. We have Lucas, Joselu, Edgar, Rioja… We can hurt them.

How does it feel in Vitoria? Ely’s injury is a nuisance, but it has allowed him to vindicate himself in First.

Competition serves to grow and learn. I have great companions. I am happy here, progressing year after year. I feel important, I trust myself and I work to give back to the club the confidence it gives me. I am sure I can contribute a lot. Alavés fits very well with what I want.

Recently, the sports director praised their preparation and abilities, highlighting that those who did not play were not because they did not give the level, but because others covered their progression.

You work to make it difficult for the coach. Play or not, you have to have confidence in yourself, be on top, prepared for any circumstance. Playing depends on many factors, but the mentality has to always be the same. Companions help you level up. Rodrigo’s (Ely) injury has affected us all. He is a phenomenon and I am looking forward to playing with him. The important thing is that you recover well.

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Laguardia, a player of his position, is a benchmark in Vitoria. Do you learn from him?

Of course. It is a pleasure to work with him, he is an example and a great companion. He has a gift for always being well placed. I pay attention to him a lot.

Will Abelardo get the team out of there?

It is a collective responsibility. The coach knows the house, he is very clear about what he wants, the hallmarks … We have understood him and the work has paid off. We have changed the dynamics. We have to follow that line.

Is not being able to live the atmosphere of Mendizorroza the worst of this season?

Totally. Mendi was always full. The fans are a key factor. Here you feel very wrapped up, let’s all get together. Of course we miss them.

Will Atlético, your former team, win the League?

Match by match. I always follow them and wish them the best. They are doing great.

In the end he managed to play for the Metropolitano although with another shirt, it was a
dream right?

I am young, I have many dreams to fulfill. The next, make big
things with Alavés.

He was called up for a Champions semi-final against Real Madrid, two in LaLiga and as many in the Cup, but Simeone did not quite give him a chance. Did it cause him some bitterness?

Not at all. For a youth squad, participating in the dynamics of the first team is the first step to the elite. I remember it in a big way. They are the experiences that make you grow.

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How about the new signings?

Entering the group dynamics little by little. Here the important thing is the collective, the group, not the individualities. That has to be our greatest strength.

Last day, Varane got a double, Víctor Ruiz scored for Betis and on Wednesday Koundé scored a great goal. Are defenders being asked for more and more?

Soccer is a team game. As we all defend, we also have to attack en bloc. I like to take part in getting the ball out, we have forwards to look for them long, look for passes that break lines.… Defenders do more than go up in the corners. I’m looking forward to scoring my first goal in First Division, but for now, I’m content
with an assist to those above. I play dinner with Edgar.

This week it’s their challenge at Biwenger from AS. Who will win?

Biwenger amuses me a lot. For all of us who are soccer fans, it is very good to be able to play with friends and colleagues. It is a way to meet all the players and follow LaLiga news. Edgar has nothing to do against me, I’m going to sign him for my team.

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