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Holland, or the Netherlands, which is the same, is a sadness.

Bars and restaurants are closed.

A maximum of two people who are not from the same household can join.

It is forbidden to have a beer, even in hotels, between eight in the afternoon and seven in the morning.

The esplanade of the

Johan Cruyff Arena

, always buzzing about the presence above all of a huge shopping center, a train and metro station, several hotels and several restaurants, is empty.

Nobody is going to see the idol, his statue abandoned, like almost everything, because of the Coronavirus.

Once inside the stadium,

Marco Asensio

appeared in his press room


He did it in a hurry.

Today he will play for the national team again 17 months later.

At 24 years old - in January he will be 25 - the

Real Madrid


has had to wait to have a bit of filming after his injury, on the one hand, and the injury of a teammate (

Ansu Fati

), on the other.

"I am in a very long process, what I have to do is gain confidence, every time I feel better," he explained in the capital of his mother's country of origin.

"I feel a bit Dutch, half of my family is from here," he commented with a touch of emotion.

When, at dawn in Spain on July 25, 2019, Asensio, with a torn cruciate ligament and meniscus, was rattling in an ambulance through the streets of

Washington on the

way to the hospital, when he was able to ask for the phone to call his family and Tell them that it didn't look good, just at that moment, well, he set two goals for himself.

The first was to return, and delayed by the


, he did it on June 18 of this year against Valencia in the League, leaving behind a goal and an assist.

The second objective was to return well, to return to the level that made him probably the best hope in Spanish football in 2017. He has not arrived there yet.

«To reach the highest level I need a little time.

In the next matches we will be able to see a better level every time, “he explained.

He does not want to put out door percentages, but when no one listens to him, he is recognized at 60-70% of his performance capacity.

Normal considering that he almost reached the year without playing.

In all those months he felt the close affection of many people, but especially two technicians.

Of course


, the man who has already placed him in recent weeks as a fixture of his new trident (along with

Hazard and Benzema


But also from

Luis Enrique

, who picked up the phone a good handful of times to see how a footballer to whom he has a lot of faith was doing.

«He is a player that I love, and I show it with facts.

With me he has come in 99.9% of the calls, and he is playing assiduously in his team, I think at a good level, "he said yesterday.


Asensio has been under the spotlight for so long that his name might sound strange in this bet by the Asturian coach for youth.

But, it should be emphasized, Asensio is barely 24 years old.

Another thing is that, signed by Real Madrid in 2015, in his

record there

are already two Champions, two Leagues, three Club World Cups and a Super Cup.

European champion under'19 with the inferiors, he was not under'21 because he resigned from the 2019 European Championship, which Spain won, to start the strongest preseason with Madrid.

Bad luck meant that he was injured right away.

Represented, advised and sponsored by

Horacio Gaggioli

, Asensio tries to give the definitive boost to his career with the feeling that it is now or never.

Noted in his day for saying that it had to be others who had to pull the car in Madrid - he said it, no matter how much he tried to deny it - in the white club, where they say about him that "it is the future", they trust that his constant refusals to the most powerful teams in Europe and his 700 million clause are finally justified with continuity.

Already a starter, his position on the far right suffers these days from having to help with defensive tasks, which are alien to his friend

Lucas Vázquez


More than four years have passed since his debut with the senior team, in a friendly against Bosnia before the European Championship in France at the hands of

Del Bosque



, upon his arrival, left it to the sub'21, but ended up entering and going to the World Cup in Russia, where he crashed in the second round, against Russia, like the whole team.

Upon his arrival, Luis Enrique was full of praise for him and a goal against Croatia, in the Asturian's second game, seemed to reaffirm the bet.

However, his brightness, before the injury, was already fading, and there were not a few voices that began to demand more of him.

When he broke his knee, he was beginning to wear out some patience.

Now is the time to, without running, not stop walking towards the horizon that was always assumed.

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