Monday, 11 May 2009

Llorente: "We have incredible fans who can lift us"

Athletic Bilbao forward Fernando Llorente gave an interview to Barcelona's official media.

What does the final mean to you?
This final is the most important thing that will happen in my life. Playing in a final for Athletic Club is something that people have waited years for in Bilbao and the fact we are going to is marvellous. I am a player that has come through the ranks at Athletic Club and to play for not only the first team, but now in a cup final too is incredible and unthinkable. I am so proud and delighted with the way that the team has been playing and I hope that I can enjoy the moment.

How do you see the Athletic Club side that will take on Barça?
Athletic Club are doing very well and playing strongly. We are a side that are united. The main characteristics of the squad is that we are all friends and there is a marvellous atmosphere. That means that when we go out to play we all do so feeling the same way.

And how does everyone see Barça there?
Barça are unbelievable and are having an incredible season. They are the only team in Europe that can win three major honours. But I do not think that they will think our game will be easy.

What can Athletic Club achieve against Barça?
In a one-off game anything can happen. We have incredible supporters and in the semi final against Sevilla they lifted us. If we can play like we did against Sevilla in the second game of the semi final, then we have no limits.

Do you know any of the Barça players in the Spain squad and are you friends with them?
The one that I have met before and speak to the most is Andrés Iniesta as we played together with the Under-21, but now I am with the main squad I have met Xavi, Sergi Busquets and Gerard Piqué and I like all of them.

You were a fan of Pep Guardiola as a player, but are you now he is a coach too?
Pep Guardiola was a spectacular player. I liked Barça a lot then and followed the Dream Team. Now as a coach is doing a great job with Barça. It is not easy to achieve what he has. I think that it helps that he was a player there too.

read the complete interview here

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MohamedH said...

I think we should buy this guy next summer... He is tall, strong and has a good amount of goals on his tally...
Would be a great weapon to use when the team is losing or unable to break through tough defences...

Bram said...

I completly agree MohamedH.

+ He is Spanish, has the good mentality, is already used to the competition and would be a great backup for when Eto'o leaves to concour the Africa cup.
He is young, has a lot of potential and would not mind a bench role in the beginning. Beside that he just played his first games for la roja.

kamikaze kontiki said...

I agree, he is for a better option taking all factors into consideration than Adebayor or Ibrahimovic.

rahul said...

completely agree wit everyone. barca shud buy him before anyone else does. he is tall strong n an excellent header of teh ball. n he is technically gifted too n can score frm long ranges. shot accuracy really gud too.

Anonymous said...

I agree, he is the type of player we need, although is he good enough to be our number 1 striker? Could he bang 25 goals a season with us? I don't think Athletic would sell him for anything less than 20m euros, that is abit too expensive to be a backup striker maybe. So if we get him, it might be as replacement for Eto'o. I do think that our team would improve overall with Llorente as our striker.

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