Dos Santos: The coaching change has been good for me
Barcelona defensive midfielder, Jonathon Dos Santos was often criticised by the media and fans for remaining with the squad despite being constantly over looked and the Mexican international recently admitted that he was close to leaving to Real Sociedad on loan before new manager, Tata Martino stated that he would stay with the squad.
In a recent press conference ahead of this weekend’s La Liga opener against Levante, Dos Santos began by giving his thoughts to former manager, Tito Vilanova as he prepares to battle his third bout with cancer, before discussing the changes under new head coach, Tata Martino.
“Before anything else and to get us going I’d like to send a message of support and affection to Tito Vilanova. I hope he gets well soon.
“Tata Martino didn’t know anything about my future. I’d received some major offers, like the one from Real Sociedad, but after he spoke to me I decided to stay here. Every player has to take his own decisions. I always dreamed about being successful at Barcelona. You need to get through the tough times to mature as a footballer. Last year wasn’t a wasted year, not at all, I learnt a lot from it.
“I’m very excited. Last year wasn’t easy. The change of coach is good for me. Tata Martino believes in me. Real Sociedad are also a big team. I know I can be successful at Barça, but I need to prove myself on the training ground.”
Dos Santos then discussed what he hopes to accomplish this season and hopes it will lead to the Mexican national team call-up for the 2014 World Cup.
“I hope to play and to be able to show what I can do as a player. Last season I didn’t get that chance. The decision [to stay] comes after speaking to the coach who said he has confidence in me; now I don’t want to let him down.
“I’m keen to play with ‘El Tri’ but to do so I need to get time on the pitch with Barcelona. I can help the team in every way, both in attack and defence.”
On that line of thought, Dos Santos feels Barcelona’s attack is one of the best in the world.
“We’ve got the best in the world. Tello is taking off. Alexis and Neymar are really good for us. Messi’s the star but everyone brings something good and different to the team.”
Dos Santos concluded by sharing his thoughts on the departure of Eric Abidal and his good friend, Thiago Alcantara, who chose to leave the club for Pep Guardiola’s Bayern Munich side.
“I think very highly of [Abidal], and I have a lot of affection for him, but I’m not going to get involved in whether the club should have renewed his contract or not.
“I’m going to miss [Thiago] and I’m sure he’ll be successful wherever he goes.”