“FC Porto and Sporting? He didn’t talk to me, but to my supervisor”

André Almeida, Valencia participant, former V. Guimarães, in an interview with O JOGO.

After being despatched to Valencia in August, André Almeida has two targets and two assists in 11 video games. Under the steerage of the Italian Gattuso, a “world legend” who is aware of how to encourage the gamers and unfold their ardour within the recreation, the midfielder has already tailored to Spanish soccer, quick and direct than Portuguese, and feed his dream of taking part in in. Champions are invited to the National Team.

Have you stopped pondering that Vitória is educated when the alarm clock goes off within the morning?

-Yes (laughs), now I’m used to Valêncio. But he didn’t cease excited about Vitória, particularly as a result of Valencia’s package is similar: it is black and white. Sometimes I really feel like I’m in Vitória. My coronary heart will all the time be there, but I’ll give all the things to Valencia.

What are Valencia’s targets for this season?

-Since I arrived, I really feel that we will all the time win, whether or not it is Barcelona or Atlético de Madrid. No matter who it’s, the crew’s mentality is all the time to win. We actually need to go to European areas. So we’re betting that we are going to come again robust on this competitors, we’re coaching within the second pre-season on this means. We have a really younger crew with quite a lot of ambition.

He was the most costly participant in Valencia (7.5 million euros) this season. Is {that a} large duty?

-I felt immediately that the crew was betting loads on me, that they had quite a lot of confidence in my capacity. It stays for me to work twice as exhausting to compete on the sphere. The value of my switch has by no means been a deterrent. I by no means thought a lot concerning the cash I purchased, I simply considered altering it on daily basis. I need to be higher in order that I do not disappoint anybody sooner or later. I do not need to fear about this guess. I all the time needed to give all the things to the sphere.

He scored two targets, the final one scored on a free kick in opposition to Betis, and two assists, including 4 consecutive video games within the first spherical. Did you lastly defeat Gennaro Gattuso?

– In soccer all the things modifications rapidly. We might be each good and dangerous. Done in phases, it is determined by the efficiency. No place is unconquered. At any second, all the things can change. I received used to it nicely, I didn’t count on it to finish so quickly. Being shut to Portugal, household and pals, and having my boyfriend with me, made all the things simpler. On the opposite hand, town of Valencia is superb. It was thought of the perfect place on the earth to reside. The membership, the folks on the membership are superb and my pals have helped me loads. The distinction? I had to get used to quick soccer, in Portugal it is about territory. The recreation could be very open in Spain, marking between man and man, in any other case all the things is similar: eleven in opposition to eleven and soccer.

How do you take care of the instability of the Valencia coach?

-Many folks ask me that. He isn’t what folks suppose. He is an fascinating particular person. It is all the time on our facet. He helps the gamers loads, he motivates them. His speech is all the time stuffed with phrases of encouragement. He is a pure motivator. He could be very keen on soccer and, by nature, he’s nervous within the recreation, but it’s good for the gamers. He is a global legend, a conqueror. He overcame all the things and that’s the reason he’s an instance for each participant.

He was appointed to FC Porto to substitute Vitinha (PSG) and Sporting to substitute Matheus Nunes (Wolverhampton). Was it actually potential?

-He didn’t talk to me, he simply talked to my supervisor [Jorge Pires]🇧🇷 It’s all the time good, proud, to affiliate with these groups, but they didn’t be part of Vitória.

Did you observe President António Miguel Cardoso’s recommendation to solely journey overseas?

-The folks of Guimarães like the house crew to signify Vitória in Portugal. And I’m very pleased to come to Valencia. It was a step in the proper course. It was vital to play recurrently and be versatile and that’s what is going on. I’m so pleased, I could not ask for the rest. I play for a giant membership in one of many prime leagues on the earth. Valencia is a giant membership, Portuguese folks most likely do not know this. The stadium is all the time full, and greater than 40,000 folks will watch. For instance, in Tondela we solely noticed folks strolling from Guimarães. Here in Spain, each recreation is a celebration, the stadiums are packed.

An everyday presence for the Under-21s, would you like to make it to the National Team as rapidly as potential?

-I’ve private targets and desires, as I need to play within the Champions League. I give attention to my evolution to attain these requirements at some point.

How far can Portugal go on this World Cup?

– I imagine in profitable, we should imagine. Portugal has a bunch of gamers with quite a lot of expertise, clearly we’re in top-of-the-line teams. I actually imagine in profitable the World Cup.


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