On Saturday, when Barcelona visit the Estadio Mestalla, Jose Luis Gaya is likely to face former teammate and friend Paco Alcacer, a person who the 21-year-old left-back openly admits he misses. Gaya is already a veteran at the club despite his young age and has seen a vast amount of changes at the club in a short space of time. MARCA caught up with him to ascertain how the mood has changed since the arrival of Cesare Prandelli, and more. Q. This is another new start in Valencia, are you hopeful of success with Prandelli? A. "The truth is that yes, the start is encouraging. "We want to keep playing and proving that all is well and we are focused on the next game with the idea of working hard in training. "Taking things slowly and bit by bit is fodboldtrøjer key at this moment." Q. What is the biggest change you've noticed with the Italian coach? A. "Each coach asks you one thing and Prandelli wants us as a group to work a lot. "We are clear that we must try to improve every day." Q. How is the group after so many changes in the summer? A. "We have to start from scratch and for us the game against Barcelona will be key. "We need to continue the good feeling and get something positive out of the game. "For us, the league started last week, a new phase has begun. "In each game and each training session, the maximum effort from each player is needed if we want to be successful." Q. Last year was tough for the team ... and also for you because of injury. Are we near to seeing your best again? A. "Last year I had a bad time but so did the whole team "I've managed to recover [from a long-term pubis complaint] and I'm still working every day for it not to happen again. "I'm feeling much better and so I no longer have the excuse of injury for poor form. "I'm 21 years young and I have a long way ahead of me so I have to focus on giving everything in every game." Q. Do you miss Alcacer? On a personal and professional level? A. "Of course I miss him. "He is a great friend to me and I would have liked him to continue at Valencia. "But if it [move to Barcelona] was what he wanted, I'm very happy for him." Q. Can you beat Barcelona at Mestalla? A "The coach has fotballdrakter barn an idea, a plan, and we are working well in training and doing what he asks of us. "We are very clear in what we need to do and supported by a full Mestalla, I think we'll have options and we will try to seize them. "Barcelona is at an incredible level, we all know it will be very difficult, but we will give our maximum. "I am very optimistic." Q. But if Messi wants to win ... A. "Messi is the best in the world, that's clear, and if he is in the mood, things will be complicated. "We must try to stop Messi, but not only him. "If we focus only on stopping him, the others will kill you. "The issue is to make a perfect match because otherwise a win for us will be impossible."
Saturday, July 27, 2019
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