Fabián Balbuena, Paraguayan defender for West Ham United, spoke exclusively with Versus radio on Universo 970 AM and GEN. The Albirroja defender addressed different issues and obviously one of the main ones was the situation of the Paraguayan team.
The Guarani “General” of the Premier League recognized that Paraguay suffers a lot at home and is something to improve. “We need to improve a little. We need to be stronger at home, not lose more points, those points are what you need to qualify. We have quality, hierarchy to continue working in the best way, “he said in part of the extensive interview.
He also referred to the constant mistakes made in defense and he included himself in that field. “In the last home game, when it came to defending at the brand, we were a very predictable team, in not having that dynamic and going over the rival to increase the difference. We had not very slow possession, but without much dynamics, “said the West Ham defender.
Fabian made it clear that the schemes are not a problem for him, since he adapts perfectly to a line of three as well as a line of four defenders. It also has no profile drawback, so it is ready in any position that Eduardo Berizzo uses.
At one point during the talk, the “mandatory” question was if he would see himself at the end of next year in Qatar and without hesitation he replied: “We already took tickets with my family to Qatar. The confidence we have is great. I am fully confident that we will be at the World Cup “, said the” General “.
For Balbuena, this qualifier is the last chance to enjoy a World Cup with the Paraguayan team. He is aware of this, but believes that with the evolution that Paraguay has had, the tasting dream will be a reality.
In an exclusive talk with Versus Radio from London, England, Fabián Balbuena talked about everything. His present at West Ham, the great moment that the team is going through in the Premier League, which is fifth for now and in the Champions League qualifying zone but tied in points with the fourth Chelsea and, logically, the Paraguayan team.
The Paraguayan center-back, who had started the current season as the undisputed starter in David Moyes’ team, had to be relegated first due to an issue related to COVID-19 and then due to a calf discomfort that has affected him so far.
“After having started at the beginning of the season, this year I didn’t start well because I started with a contact with someone who tested positive. But then I hooked up and had already lost the job. The one who came in my place is doing quite well. When things are like this, you have to work for when the opportunity presents itself again, “he said.
After this case, came the injury. “I had been having calf discomfort for weeks. The day we played against Manchester United for the FA Cup I felt a very strong pain, so I did not enter as a replacement for Ogbonna who had been injured. From there I have been working differently, luckily I did not break any muscle, it was only a small contracture and tomorrow (Thursday) I join the companions ”, he commented.
He added that “at this level of competition logically one cannot give the ‘minimum’ advantage because he is going to lose the position. In our team, for example, Issa Diop, who was being the ‘fourth’ central the other day, played a great game and scored a goal, that speaks of the competitiveness of the squad ”.
On the other hand, he spoke of the great fans of West Ham, one of the most popular teams in London and all of England and regretted not being able to experience this great moment of the team with the public in the stands.
“The support of the West Ham fans is essential. Before the start of the season, all tickets are already sold and that speaks to the passion of the fans. Their presence is needed now. It’s a shame not being able to enjoy this moment of the team with them ”, he declared.
The Cerro Porteño Club Foundation signed a contract with one of the most important training centers in the world, such as the “Johan Cruyff Institute”, which has its main headquarters in Barcelona, Spain.
El Ciclón is one of the Paraguayan clubs that works best in minor divisions and in recent years has added comprehensive training for its athletes. He stopped focusing clearly on sports and wants a global development of each boy who comes to the club.
“For the Cerro Porteño Club Foundation, this agreement with the Johan Cruyff Institute, a leader in sports management training, will be of great importance and relevance in our mission of continuing to promote the training of our young athletes,” said the President of the Foundation, Víctor González Acosta.
This agreement will allow players and coaches from Cerro Porteño to receive training in one of the training centers in the world such as the “Johan Cruyff Institute”.