“He is a person who gives a lot of freedom to work, but at the same time lead, do not run away from responsibility Y demands the maximum. It is eager to innovate and a vision of the profession always in constant growth. Has a multidisciplinary way of understanding work, which for me is key to being a sports director. Everyone is obsessed with recruiting players and coaches, but you also have to be a bridge between the board of directors and the coaching staff, and be able to have a global vision of the lower categories and the philosophy and methodology of the medical department “, has manifested.
Before arriving at Sevilla and starting in the world of football, Víctor Orta was a Chemistry student who came to football, as he has told, by chance of fate: “I was just another fan, albeit a bit freaky. I have always liked international football a lot, but I did not consider it as a work goal. It was fate. I started to collaborate with a small medium and then I went to Marca and Eurosport. From there they called me from a representation agency and, once inside, I started to meet soccer people. One day the president of Valladolid, Carlos Suárez, called me and He told me to meet for lunch. Just to sit down he told me he wanted me to be the club’s sports director. I thought: What is this man saying? On the return train I already knew he would say yes. ”
After going through the Zenit de San Petersburgo, the Elche and be a sports director in the Middlesbrough, arrived at Leeds United, He signed Marcelo Bielsa and, together with him, he achieved promotion to the Premier. Bielsa has told how he signed who was about to sign for Sevilla: “Andrea Radrizzani [propietario del Leeds] and I was talking about many names and he asked me: Who is your favorite coach and why? I said that Bielsa and he said “Well, call him, go! I did, but he didn’t pick it up and I left him a message on the answering machine. The next day, when he called me back, he had already watched three or four Leeds games. . He had always had the intuition that he liked England and that this type of challenge made him temper. To take a team with a clear objective, with an epic point. He had always wanted to work with him. In Seville we were very close, but in the end it didn’t work. ”
It was clear to him that Bielsa was going to work at Leeds: “It was one of the things that was clear to me that they would work. English players train really well and have a concept of a coach as if he were the teacher. When a coach asks an English player to pull a bridge into a river, the player does it, and then asks why he had to do it. Instead, a player from another site would ask the question before jumping in. He knew that our core of footballers would understand the concept of soccer and the Marcelo’s methodology in a very good way. I was more concerned about the language barrier than the game model. ”
Also in ARA he talks about Leeds, the transfer market after Brexit or Messi, whose future at Barça is in the air. “It has been a very calm market. Although it has affected the Brexit, Covid 19 has had more incidence. I remember when it all started, in summer. The CEO and I thought, pessimistically, that in December or January the public could return, and look. For a club like ours, the situation has caused a brutal lack of income of about 40 or 50 million compared to a normal year. The economic issue has scared many clubs and that is why there has been very little movement.
Orta considers that not seeing the players live has also conditioned decision-making: ” Not being able to see the players live conditions everything. Although it is not decisive, the fact that there has not been face-to-face scouting influences decision-making. My scouting department traveled a lot and went to a lot of games and now we have to do a lot of video analysis. In addition, the pandemic has also affected us at a functional level. Go to a country and have to quarantine for 6 days. Imagine a loaned player arrives. Between the time he arrives, the quarantine passes and he trains, we are already at the end of February, and the league ends in May “.
“There has been a lot of conservatism when it comes to letting players go. Before there were clubs that had footballers that they did not use and it was likely that they would look for a temporary exit. This year, on the other hand, everyone has fear to be able to have casualties or a Covid outbreak in the locker room. It has happened to ourselves. There are lower league teams that have asked us for players and we have not given them up because we had to be consistent. We already have a short squad and we couldn’t weaken it further, “he said.
He also acknowledges that it has been “complicated” the first market after Brexit: “It has been complicated, but we are still not clear about the real impact. What is clear is that the new format of the market conditions a lot. Now the players, depending on the league in which they play, are assigned a certain score. This The priority of viewing and the study of leagues has changed. For example, Argentine and Brazilian soccer, which with the previous format were not a priority, have come to play a much more important role. On the other hand, other leagues such as the Nordic , where we were quite proactive in detecting young talent, they have taken a back seat. In addition, all the players who play the Champions League, the Europa League or the Copa Libertadores receive a lot of points and have a much better chance of coming. to the Premier. We are every day with the calculator adding and counting values of the players that interest us. ”
Orta does not believe that Brexit adulterates the competition, but possibilities are closed to him and footballers become more expensive: “Maybe not adulterate, but the club that sells, if it does it intelligently, knows that we do not have so many alternatives. Perhaps there are 60 level left-backs who can play in the Premier League. With the point system, there are about 30 left. Of these, there are maybe 15 available. This is when the club that sells raises the price. It generates much more competition. Since January we have to have a minimum of eight English per team between the 25 chips. This will turn the Premier’s market into a wild one. Nobody will sell any player. Not for the money, but because English footballers now have an extraordinary value. As some foreign team raises the strategy of taking away very young English talent that the contract ends will be able to make a lot of money, since the return to England of these players will be highly sought after.
The City can sign Messi
Regarding the future of Messi, which is not at all clear at Barça, Orta believes that he City has the economic capacity to sign him: “I do not know exactly the accounts of City, but I think they could pay it. The owner of the club is a country. I think only City could pay Messi. Neither Liverpool, nor United, nor Arsenal I think they would arrive.”
Unfortunately, the return to the Premier League is not being enjoyed by Leeds fans: “The situation for the fans hurts a lot. We have been in Second Division for seventeen years and now that we are in First Division, we cannot go to the stadium. This is the only thing. that they tell me on the street. It’s what haunts me the most. During the summer I thought: My God, let us stay. It makes me feel guilty and remorseful to think that we can go down again and that these people have to go through again for all this without having been able to see a single match of his team in First “.
Money Medium, the key to Leeds’ success lies in “the first year. Although people criticize it a lot, it generated a very solid base in terms of results and what we were as an organization. This has been key for the second and third years. When we landed, the objective was to go up in five years and attract young players, but once you arrive you see the club’s historic backpack and you see that it had to be done now. Here there was a change of chip and we bet on Marcelo Bielsa and on experienced players who came on loan. ”