«In the offensive I have always been very happy»
Alex Tirlea (Alcalá de Henares, 2000) arrived this summer from Miniglorias. He spent two years there after training in the Real Madrid youth academy, where he arrived at the age of 10 and left after finishing his time in Juvenil A. At Nàstic he has taken the place on the right side and his progress is constant. He is aware that he must improve defensively, but he is aware of it. This Saturday he aims to occupy the right side on the day that Agné plays it again in the Gaunas
If the match against Numancia was key, this one against SD Logroñés is exactly the same.
Last week we were aware that it was a very important game, but in the end, like everyone else, we didn't have to go crazy. At home we knew that we are becoming strong and this week we have to face it with the same dynamic and add three by three, but as a visitor.
What is it like to play knowing that if you don't win your coach is out?
We try to isolate ourselves from all these things that happen outside and we are focusing on what depends on us. The things that are good strengthen them and the mistakes that we were making, learn from them and minimize them.
Within the field do you notice each time with the clearest ideas? The progression in the game is.
From the first day until now I have noticed a very important improvement. Now we are all going in the same direction and we have a clear idea of the game. It is time to polish certain details and I am sure that if we go in the same direction we will be at the top.
How about Raül Agné?
Personally I am enjoying minutes and that is always appreciated. Beyond that, Raül is a coach who since I arrived has helped me improve certain details that I needed to polish and it is always good to have coaches who demand you and know the world of football so well.
What details are you referring to?
On the offensive side I've always been very happy and I've been very clear about the offensive aspect and it's true that I was aware that I had to polish certain defensive aspects and he has been on top of me to correct them. He still has a lot to learn and I'm working on it and I know that every day I have to improve in everything.
Does your time in the Real Madrid youth academy influence this defensive improvement? There hardly find defensive contexts.
At Real Madrid, 80% of the games were always about having the ball and dominating, and you rarely find yourself in that context of being dominated, which is a reality in football. There are times when you have to suffer and you have to emphasize without the ball and in the end this is achieved through the games that take place in this category.
How was your signing for Nàstic forged?
Apart from other options that were considered, when Nàstic arrives it is true that he does not doubt at any time what the club is. It is a club that has always been in professional categories and is where it deserves to be. Nàstic is a good team to show you and to enjoy.
Did you talk to Lupu before signing?
Yes, I told him about it and he told me how the club works and what the city is like and the truth is that he spoke very well to me and that helped me make a decision.
Is he already fully adapted to the team and the city?
It is true that I never had a problem adapting to the team because from the first moment everyone has been very close to me and that when you come from outside you appreciate it and that means that you can be better on the field and everything flows. Now I feel very well and it remains to go up.
How about the Miniglorias? He made his debut in the First Division in Vallecas.
With the subsidiary there were two years of different circumstances, but in which I learned a lot. In the second year I alternated for a time with the first team and made my debut with the first team in the Copa del Rey and that same weekend in the League against Rayo in Vallecas. It was an unforgettable experience and one that is unique and that always remains to be remembered.
In his second year he coincided with a former Nàstic coach such as Toni Seligrat. What can you tell me about him?
I coincided with him during the last year that I was in the subsidiary. He is a coach who knew how to lead the team to the goal and was able to transfer the idea that he had to us. With his experience and his work, he helped us all grow.
Let's talk about his time at La Fábrica. He was from Alevín B to Juvenil A, a lifetime. How is that cradle of talent inside?
The Factory is a bubble because what is inside is totally different from what you can find outside. The facilities and the facilities that they give you are within the reach of very few and I was lucky enough to start when I was 10 years old and I stayed until I was 19-20 when I left. Then you value everything much more. It is an experience that I will take with me forever and I have learned a lot there.
Which top level players did you meet?
The last year in Juvenil A I was with many now that they play in professional football. Mario Gila, Víctor Chust, Antonio Blanco, Miguel Gutiérrez... We were a very good generation and I have very good memories of it.
Why is the Real Madrid youth squad so competitive?
I think it's because of the DNA that the club has of always having to win and being used to being victorious. The player cannot think that he is going to lose a game and not being used to losing, failure is what shocks him and makes him not comfortable. That is the difference that a player from the Real Madrid youth academy has with the rest.
How did you experience your departure from that quarry?
In the end, you have to understand that football neither begins nor ends in Madrid. There are many more teams where you can still grow and show your potential. Football is stages that are closed and others have to start.
A new stage that is beginning at the Nàstic. Has anything about the club surprised you?
Everything that has caught my attention has been for the better. The companions are very close and we are a family. It is a club with pressure, but that has not caught me by surprise and we all know what the objective is.
Is it possible to win in Las Gaunas?
The team is convinced. In the end we come from a good performance against Numancia and the important thing is to continue with the same dynamic. We play in a historic field and if we all row together we will get the three points and fight to be up.