The humble origins of Valverde
finished Saturday watching the classic on a mobile screen in the visiting
There, lying on a stretcher, with his body turned upside down, he waited for his teammates to congratulate them on the victory.
He also took more than one carnation, especially from
, his best partner on the squad and on the field.
The two are the foundations of
Valverde was able to shower, but not the rest, as group use is prohibited by
The party was sober, without bragging about the nearby dislikes,
, and for the responsibility of what appears immediately (
Nor was the young player to jump for joy, still seeing double and dizzy.
Some migraines caused by physical overexertion made him stop at 69 minutes.
He couldn't take it anymore, as he almost always does when he plays, although this time the beating almost made him vomit.
The plan, seen what was seen, came out of the cinema to his coach, because after squeezing the Uruguayan shuttlecock, he put
in his place to
kidnap the ball in the final stretch.
The Croatian goal crowned the white victory in Barcelona.
"I'm Uruguayan, I play like that," he joked later on the plane to Madrid, when they asked him about his waste on the grass, about that way of running until he almost collapsed from a dizziness.
When someone has thought to say that perhaps, for his sake, he should measure himself a little, he always responds the same.
His style is what it is because it is where he is from.
In fact, in the booth they call him
, his childhood nickname.
At home he answers for Fede.
"Each player is different and he understands it that way," they pointed out on Sunday from Madrid's technical direction, where they look with pride at the consolidation of the footballer who at just 17 years old went to look for Uruguay.
Zidane and the club coincide in the commitment to the piece of the squad that best represents the football of the moment, the one that dominates in
, that total midfielder, with an infinite journey, capable of combining defensive work with contributions in attack.
As a best example, the 0-1 in the classic.
He stepped on the area with the same power that he shot into Neto's net.
In the previous match, in the
, the VAR annulled the goal that would have been a tie at three in the last minute.
On Saturday night, on the flight to the capital, his pulse was still low, still upset.
On Sunday he even came to training touched.
"Don't worry, I'm fine in two hours," he said mid-morning in
, later fulfilling his forecast.
His name was not lacking in the list of summoned to travel this Tuesday to Germany, where the presence of
Eden Hazard was
, ready earlier than expected after his muscle injury.
Another thing will be the form of the Belgian, always slow to get the right physical point.
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