«I saw a fast, bossy, aggressive kid there…»: Carlos Fernandez recalls how Amorim ‘discovered’ Esugo – Sports

As we all know, Dário Essugo made his first appearance in Atlético’s main line-up in the 2020/21 season with a minimum (1-0) win over V. Guimarães at Alvalade It is now more widely known that the 17-year-old midfielder has entered Ruben Amorim’s radar. On the sidelines of the Sports Academy’s 20th anniversary celebrations, Tomaz Morais (director of sports training), Dario Esugo and Carlos Fernandez (assistant to the home team) participated in a panel discussion, the 37-year-old The right-hand man looks back at history in order to set an example, just as Alcochet thought. “We would spend a day here when we were interning at the academy and we had a habit of watching youth games. Ruben was watching the Under-17 training session and he told us ‘I saw a fasting, bossy kid there , aggressive, technical…” I happened to know Daario from other ages, but I didn’t expect Ruben to want me to call him. He called him the day after the weekend game. Sometimes it’s a connection The coaching staff talks to the B team every day, the under-19s, the under-17s… we have informal conversations, we always have the senior team coaching staff watching the youngsters the match of. And positive focus”, emphasizes Carlos Fernandes. In addition, Essugo remembers that day like yesterday, and emphasizes the importance of a good path in the formation of Alvalade. “I was having lunch with my family and I got a call , said I was going to train for the first team. Immediately I got nervous, and I fell asleep that night already thinking about what was going to happen next. I’m really nervous. It’s a dream. One day I can train and compete…they gave me the equipment, I went there to train and everyone welcomed me. Impeccable. The training was hard and I felt the conflict right away. It’s post-match training and those who don’t play much have to make up for it. I felt the difference in speed. Overall, it went well and everyone welcomed me”, noted the young midfielder, who regularly trains with the first team, outlining his time at the academy: “I am proud to represent my club. first team. It motivates us to want to give more. There are many conversations every day. Seeing training networks professionally, I dream of one day. Kids dream of getting there one day, and it might happen.

In Carlos Fernandez’s view, such expectations must be carefully managed in response to various examples in the player’s career. “In the academy, especially for Ruben, he’s an open coach, he’s against any age-related prejudice. His quality and potential to get into the first team. See if he’s ready now or some other time. Everyone has ambitions to get into the first team and it’s up to us to filter. Not everyone can do it, but we have to treat everyone equally. Because of their quality, some will arrive, some may be late or To another club. We use those parts of the academy history. For example, Dalio joined the academy at the age of 8 and he spent 16/17 years at the academy, that’s the history of the academy. Like Dalio The players seem to help us,” he gave an example.

Moreover, Amorim’s assistant is also very clear when analyzing the thinking of the first team. “We called a lot of players and I want to say thank you to the coaches for their patience. Evolution goes through a lot of day-to-day monitoring. The way old players fit into new players. is fundamental. Mr Ruben wants everyone to understand that,” he stressed.

Player Oriented Mode

Explaining how the sports team works, Thomas Morais stressed that everything is well prepared. “We don’t have two different ways of looking at the same player. The whole structure has to have this idea: a player, to manage expectations well, has to know where he is, his level, where he has to work, and what he Life doesn’t end there. When you get out of here, you’re a sports player. There’s no time in sports. It has to be done right away, the next day. We’ve created something that’s very simple, easy to communicate, and understandable to players We want to continue to focus on the team or think about the sports and the DNA of the players? We want to see the players as the essence of the training program. The best thing is to go for the players and see the training and then if it goes well, we can win on the weekend “Sports have a duty to win, but that doesn’t mean we stopped competing at the weekend. When we feel there is a model that unites them, a formal and competitive assessment, the players are our focus,” he made clear.

Thomas Morais believes it is a “great joy” to see “so many players in formation” in the 2020/21 title, ensuring the “philosophy” defended by President Frederico Varandas and “values” lead to this result. To lend a helping hand, assure the Director of Training. “We serve the A’s every day. That’s how I see the sport model. I’m glad Sport believes in that and has been energizing our way. Strategic plans are in place. We all have to work very closely together Together. Alignment makes it possible to have players playing for the A’s every day. The A’s technicians keep an eye on the formation to get them there. Everything fits together perfectly for a lot of people to arrive. The next step is to stay Team A. Our job is to support”, he defended.


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