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Marcelino interview in El Pais, translated--Part 2

In Part I, Marce talked about the teams he admired, our roster reshuffle, etc.; here he is asked a little bit about his personal philosophy.

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If you haven't read Part I, the link is here.

Q: Last season, you played very good matches against the big teams, but almost always lost.

A: Last season we defended very well, in fact we were among the teams with the fewest goals given up.  But we were less decisive in attack.  Against Real Madrid at home, we lost 0-2, we had the ball in their area 40 times but generated only 5 chances.

Q: Villarreal plays different styles (lit., in different registers)

A: Football is that.  We try to generate an attack against teams that sit back, and when we can counterattack we do, a concept we can't give up.  it's easier to attack against three or four than against ten.  Whenever we can, we have to use the counterattack; it is a lethal weapon.  The current Barcelona does that.  It's a credit to Luis Enrique, to expand the possiblities of play of his team.


Q: Abelardo (another coach from Asturias) says he's a leftist.  It's rare to see a coach politically define himself.  Would you do it?

A: I would not.  I have a more or less conceived idea, but not strongly argued.  I have no political thought.  Policies occupy a very small time in my life.

Q: Is there anything in the social panorama that bothers you?

A: Unemployment outrages me, inequality, people who have a hard time.  it bothers me.

Q: What was your family background?

A: My father was a woodcutter.  He cut down eucalyptus and carrying it in litter bins.

Q:  How do you define yourself as a coach and as a person?

A:  As a coach, I think analytical, constant and demanding.  As a person, sincere above all.  And respectful.

Q: Does a leader have to have "bad blood"?

A: You have to be honest and respectful.  And try to provide equality, which is not easy.

Q: How do you take losing?

A: Badly.  I am not one of those professionals who can put it to one side and move on.  Losing always leads me to an analysis so that I can try and find solutions.

Q: Your way of celebrating your team's goals, or celebrating when your team wins, does it bother the other side?  Is it cocky?

A: I think not, because there is never a gesture toward the other side.