Vicente Moreno, the jump from LaLiga to Saudi football: "We balance the hours of prayer and training, there are no psychologists and in nutrition… we have to convince them"

The previous Mallorca and Espanyol coach has been in command of Al-Shabab for six months, which is preventing Cristiano’s Al Nassr in a league that he defines as “very aggressive”. “You must be respectful. You’ll be able to’t fake to vary every part,” he warns

Vicente Moreno, throughout a coaching session for Al-Shabab.AL SHABAB

The coup d’état of the Saudi League (SPL) with the signing of Cristiano Ronaldo has hit squarely in current days to vincent moreno (Massanasa, 1974). The previous coach of Spanish Y Majorca He has been in Arabia since July directing the Al Shababthe group that’s scorching on the heels of the Al Nassr, the brand new Portuguese membership. He has the Argentine Ever in his squad banega Y santi mina and, landed on this new actuality, X-ray Saudi soccer. The arrival of a star like Cristiano has had the target supposed by the Authorities: to have a look at Saudi soccer. However there may be rather more than the thick line.

The cultural shock of those that come from overseas can be joined by sports activities. Amenities, methodology, customs… every part is underneath assessment and enchancment, «however you can not count on to vary every part all of the sudden. You must be respectful, ”warns the coach. Persuade and never impose.

How is that this competitors? «It’s not the League or the Premier, however it’s aggressive. You may see how it’sIf Cristiano needs to carry out, he must work 100% and put all of your curiosity,” Vicente Moreno tells EL MUNDO within the resort the place he lives in Riyadh, removed from the bustle of town, “nearly in a bubble that permits us to focus solely on soccer.” And it’s that, though he doesn’t give the sensation that soccer is breathed within the metropolis, Moreno warns that the curiosity isn’t imposed. «It’s true that the Authorities is now selling it rather a lot, that they see a manner of enlargement to succeed in the entire world, however there was already curiosity. Is It’s the strongest league on this space of ​​Asia and there’s a lot of comply with up. Soccer is within the each day lifetime of the Saudis“, invoice. In its stadium, now in full renovation, 15,000 spectators collect “and we’re not a membership with lots of followers.” “The Al-Ittihad, which is the group with probably the most supporters in Saudi, performs within the King Abdullah Stadium, with 60,000 spectators, and fills it up. The identical factor that was already taking place to Al-Nassr. They like soccer”.

The golf equipment, regardless of an tried privatization in 2016, stay both immediately managed by the federal government or within the arms of members of the royal household. They’ve even begun to obtain assist to draw stars. Al-Nassr, Al-Hilal, the present Champions League champion, and Al-Shabad are those with probably the most potential, with good squads wherein their eight foreigners have a excessive degree. Of them, solely seven might be within the eleven. The majority of the groups, not the lineups, are native gamers.

Golf equipment with out academy

«They’re gifted footballers, as a result of right here they nonetheless begin on the road, there aren’t any quarries or academies. That idea isn’t but developed. For that reason, they’ve room for enchancment within the tactical and bodily facet, “says Vicente Moreno. His Al-Shabab has, like all academy construction, a subsidiary that doesn’t compete, an U-19 group and an U-16 group. “If I would like a participant, they’ve to return up from these groups, which have a aggressive rhythm.”

Routines which can be already very current in European soccer haven’t but been internalized both. The coaching They’re within the afternoon and conform, like every part else, to their spiritual precepts. «Life right here is extra nocturnal, as a result of there are temperatures of fifty levels, so the customized is to coach within the afternoon. As well as, they see it as very logical that the video games be ready on the time they’re performed. These classes could also be conditioned by prayer instances. “Them they’re very spiritual and we strive, every time potential, to stability the hours, in order that they’ve their area to have the ability to do it… There are occasions once they must stand up to hope at 5 within the morning, and that may situation the remainder of the day”, he describes .

Ideas comparable to management of feeding, physique fats or weight of the gamers will not be internalized both. Having a candy after dinner is a deep-rooted customized within the nation, additionally among the many gamers, and the menus are totally different. «You must adapt and, in issues comparable to vitamin, which you suppose would assist them enhance, it’s a must to attempt to persuade them. However it isn’t at all times straightforward”, the Valencian coach confines himself to confessing with out additional particulars.

One other facet that’s not addressed is psychological. «There isn’t a determine of sports activities psychologist. For him to be efficient, he must be an individual from right here and, since we do not have that customized… he’s a vital determine, at the least for me, however he’ll take time to reach right here », he warns.

Nor has the lady been included past her presence, and timid, within the stands. «I do not keep in mind any girl who works within the Sports activities Metropolisthough there could also be. Sure, I’ve seen within the Federation and even our membership has created a ladies’s group, which trains in Jeddah.

The three phases of the gamers

These variations make the variation of foreigners undergo totally different levels. “They stay in compounds, that are a form of gated communities the place western life is lived they usually undergo totally different levels. They arrive and every part is totally different, with nearly no time to suppose. Then it can provide them a drop, even in efficiency, and the third part seems once they already know the way every part works and select between giving up once more or leaving ».

The Argentinian Ever Banega He’s one in every of their gamers who, with three seasons on the membership, has tailored so effectively that he was voted finest participant final season. «I keep in mind our first dialog wherein he instructed me that the error that everybody makes is to suppose that on this competitors every part is less complicated».

-Is it tough to persuade a participant to return?

-I have never had the chance but, as a result of I arrived when the squad was closed. certainly in that Cristiano’s arrival might help. There shall be footballers who didn’t worth this League and who now see it with higher eyes.