Javi Fuego tired of people comparing him to David Albelda at Valencia
Defensive midfielder Javi Fuego told how he is fed up with comparisons being made, between himself and Valencia icon David Albelda, which he insists he doesn’t deserve.
At a press conference on Monday, Valencia midfielder Javi Fuego admitted that he’s sick and tired of people comparing him with club legend, David Albelda.
“From the very first day I said that I found any comparisons between myself and Albelda are odious, because I have no way to compare myself with him and because he was an institution at a national and international level, he’s been a benchmark for everyone who plays as a defensive midfielder. It’s virtually impossible for me to reach what he gave, both as a player and a person.”
Whilst he hopes to do the best he can at Valencia, Fuego continued to express his discomfort with the comparisons.
“I’m a simple player who came here with all the enthusiasm in the world and hopefully, the fans are happy enough with my performance, but to speak of such a comparison isn’t good, because it puts me in a very bad situation.”
Recently suffering from a cyst in his groin, Fuego underwent a minor operation to treat the problem, but assured that everything went well and he’ll soon be back in full training.
“I’m very well after the operation. It was a very simple procedure and I feel fine. I’ve been doing some running since then and in a little time, I should be training with complete normality.”
The 29-year-old midfielder then went on to explain that given the recent good form of his team, the international break came at a good time for them to recover and they’ll now be looking to continue their progress during the upcoming games.
“The team has come off the back of a run consecutive games and a significant workload. The break came at a good time, for us to confront what will be a very demanding next three weeks. Now there’s twenty-one very important days ahead of us, to know where we can be, to put ourselves in a good position in La Liga and see ourselves on the right track for qualification to the next stage of the Europa League.”
Although some of his team-mates have spoken about aiming for a top-four finish in La Liga, Fuego prefers to take things one game at a time, for now.
“Thinking about third or fourth place right now, is like building castles in the clouds and doesn’t help us see the reality of things. What has lead us to improve, is going one game at a time. That said, if we said we’d be in the position we’re in now, after the defeat against Swansea, few would have believed us.”
Fuego then hinted that fourth place isn’t out of the question, but pointed out that there’s still a long way to go, even with the excellent start to the season from the likes of Barcelona and Atlético Madrid.
“We know that Real Madrid, Atlético and Barca are very strong, but we have to keep doing our job, because it’s a long distance race. Barcelona and Real Madrid are in a league of their own and Atlético have started the season very strongly and we’ll just have to see if they stay the course.”
Finally, the Valencia midfielder looked ahead to the game next Saturday against Real Sociedad, who are a team he considers direct rivals amongst the chasing pack for European places and who pipped them to the last Champions League spot last season.
“We’ve only just started really and I think Real Sociedad are direct rivals. They have an ample squad and with plenty of quality and sooner or later, both our teams will be up there amongst the higher positions. Maybe now the start of the Champions League is weighing on them a little, but they have a well compensated team, that’s balanced well and with good quality players.”