Ronaldo: “It has been a spectacular weekend with the promotion of Valladolid and Madrid’s Champions League” | Sports | The USA Print

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A man dressed in purple shakes the nets of a goal at the José Zorrilla stadium and bellows with the fervent fans: Real Valladolid has just risen to the First Division. The next day he is acclaimed to the sound of “president, president!”. Who cheers this success of a modest team has two World Cups with Brazil, two Golden Balls, countless individual collective trophies and the presidential office of Pucela. Ronaldo enjoys the long-awaited promotion just a year after falling to Segunda and adds his happiness to his Real Madrid Champions: “It has been a spectacular weekend”. Two joys in two days. Giving the helm to José Rojo pacheta It has meant good football and a promise fulfilled: Pucela was going to be ambitious and would please the fans, something that the leader has applauded as the basis for promoting his project.

Fate, so often elusive, has allied itself with the blanquivioleta at the most appropriate moment: at the end. The team held positions of direct promotion only in five of the 42 days but having achieved it in the latter stages is also valid after months looking at Almería and Eibar, with whom they have played a cruel game of chairs: only two seats for First for three great contenders. The thousands of people gathered in Valladolid to see their own cross the Pisuerga River and tour the city in an open-top bus sing it like this: “Goodbye, goodbye to Second!”. Castilians and Andalusians added 81 points to 80 from the gunsmiths, who punctured in Alcorcón. The last game was never reached, since in the 2010/2011 academic year the model of two direct promotions and a third place in the promotion among the next four teams was installed, with the first seven places to be defined. The president, who even his own players ask for photos, appreciates it: “It’s a very important day, we have to keep growing and improving because the First Division is very demanding.” At the moment, he is not talking about transfers, but he assumes that he must “strengthen the team, see the budget and be very attentive to the market”. The fans, thanks the former striker, deserved such a party: “They have suffered with us the decline and the year of the pandemic, they are the most important”

Pacheta, euphoric, explained the speech that he has been singing for months: that his pupils win and then “we’ll see”. The man from Burgos admitted that he had “dreamed” about what had happened and left a reflection: “You have to visualize the moments of success because otherwise how will they reach you; you have to believe in them. I believe in it. How could I not visualize it? The journalist and football analyst from Valladolid, Chencho Alonso, supports the rise “in the coach’s confidence in his ideas and in how he has managed to get the team to believe in them, the players are ideal for this proposal and enjoy playing without speculation, with solidarity and quality ”. Alonso indicates that Pucela has been the highest finishing team (637) in the championship, the highest scorer (71) and the second that has focused the most into the area (943). Ronaldo applauds this style: “We played well until we lost games, the fans enjoyed it”. The same speech of players like Roque Mesa, aware at 32 years of what these promotions are worth: “I already have experience, we have done our job although it did not depend on us”. Luis Pérez is proud of the aspirations of his president and having relieved himself “after suffering relegation last year and coming back so soon”. The central Joaquín abounds in this line: “It is an unforgettable experience, the team grows by leaps and bounds”.

The president has compared what happened to a milestone that many of his footballers watched as children on television: the 2002 World Cup in Korea. In addition, Ronaldo praised the harmony between the coaching staff and the squad with words that sounded like veiled reproach towards his former coach , Sergio González, who was promoted to the club in 2018 and, after two years of miraculous permanence with a stingy game, failed to save Pucela last season and won only five matches out of 38. “We deserved it and playing good football. We wanted to be protagonists, not like when we were in the First Division”, exclaimed the president, who wants the new sports city, valued at 15 million euros, to sustain a qualitative leap. He has invested another 10 million in the stadium and, despite the decline in 2021, it was possible to keep the locker room props. Only Marcos André left, to Valencia for nine million keys to unburden the accounts. He now has to reinforce lines such as the goal or the defense or look for company for Weissman, author of 20 goals in the highest scoring team in the league. Six has signed Gonzalo Plata, an Ecuadorian winger on loan from Sporting de Portugal and valued at 10 million, a lot of money in Zorrilla but whose continuity opens after his representative wrote “He stays” on social networks. The attacker was involved in a drunk driving traffic accident in December and spent several weeks without playing, reprimanded by the coach and the crowd. Iván Sánchez and Monchu, loaned out in January, have contributed a lot and both parties are looking to extend the relationship.

This step forward brings one of Ronaldo’s aspirations closer: the Champions League. The Brazilian has insisted that in the medium or long term he wants to return to Europe, an inhospitable territory since Vicente Cantatore achieved it in 1997. The stands, more accustomed to the fog and suffering than to the flashiness of competing during the week, for the moment trust establish himself in the First Division, where he has been since 2004 without enduring more than four campaigns in a row. If it is achieved, if the club continues to grow in the green and in finances, there will be time to visualize that dream.

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