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Moncayola: “The rival usually tells us, but how heavy you are!”


The body of Jon Moncayola (Pamplona, ​​23 years old) appears through the door of the Tajonar gym, where he entered when he was 10 years old and where he will remain, if the designs of football do not alter his course, at least one more decade, until 2031. In In the summer, the club proposed a renewal formula that translates into a whole life choice and he, without hesitation, gave the green light to a contract without comparison in the League. In this way, Osasuna, summoned tonight with Real Madrid at the Bernabéu (9:30 pm, Movistar) and historically supported by his nursery, the continuity of the line is guaranteed; In other words, after Patxi Puñal (513 official matches), Oier (336) or Roberto Torres (325), the main spine of the team will continue to be local.

Question. What does it mean to be from Osasuna?

Answer. More than being from Osasuna, it is above all the feeling of feeling from here, from Pamplona, ​​of belonging to this land. For someone from home, playing in the team that you are from and have been on since you were 10 years old represents a great pride.

P. And what does El Sadar mean?

R. It is one of the few stadiums in which you can still really notice the field factor: being plugged in, losing by 0-3 and noticing that you are pushed all the time, that you cannot give up, that you must be there until the end. Now, luckily, the fans have returned and for us it is vital. We have remodeled the stadium and it has been spectacular.

P. Do you remember the first time you went to the stadium?

R. When they gave me my first shirt, I didn’t even take it off to sleep. Since I was 4 years old I was a member and I went with my father, although then I had that time when you are all the time playing with friends and you forget a little to go, but since childhood I was in the stands. When I was little I spent hours and hours playing on the slopes or the village field [Garínoain, a 30 kilómetros de Pamplona]. My first memories come from the team of [Javier] Aguirre, when we managed to get into the Champions League preview; there were fewer people from home, quite a few more foreigners, but they were very beautiful years.

P. His jump to the first team was abrupt. How did you assimilate it?

R. I went from Third Division to First Division in a matter of four months. I played in the Promises, we went up to Second B and when Jagoba called me to do the preseason, I thought I would go down again, but he called me for the game in Leganés, which is where I made my debut. We won and from there I played regularly, and I stayed here. I was lucky because it was overnight, so I didn’t have to take it in a lot and I had to get on the train without thinking too much about it. Everything went very fast: either you were there or you were not.

P. Now he has signed an unusual renovation. Why 10 years?

R. It was special. Braulio said that he wanted him to be the next Patxi Puñal, who was here for many years. There were people who told me that it was many years, like when I went to the Tokyo Games and my colleagues hesitated: ‘But leave a little for others, how much time in the same place is going to tire you!’ But what goes. Nor is it that it is a clause of 1,000 million like the one that they have put Pedri … I just wanted to feel important and special here, so if I can fully fulfill this contract, perfect.

Moncayola, in one of the training camps.
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P. It is also a declaration of intent on the part of the club, is it not?

R. That is also the main reason why I accepted the proposal. The club has sent a message, renewing people like David [García] or Nacho [Vidal], bringing important reinforcements such as Budimir or Kike [García] and consolidating others who form the basis of the team, in which I am delighted. It helps you believe in the project. The club wants to convey that idea of ​​continuity and not give up taking a progressive quality leap. That convinces you, it tells you that there is a bet in the offices. I trust that I have made the right decision. I think it’s better than here, at home, I’m not going to be anywhere.

P. With you, the entity ensures the local seal. What have you learned from the veterans and, on the other hand, would you like to be a one-club man?

R. I am learning a lot from them. They have a long history here and that has also helped me to take the step. I wish I can follow that line [acumula 77 encuentros]. It would be very nice, although seeing how football is today, you never know where you can end up. From the first day they helped me a lot, especially in the field: to stay involved, not to jump into pressure so fast… They have their personality and I have mine, so I try to absorb concepts and learn from them day by day.

P. What is the secret of this very competitive Osasuna?

R. We have high quality people, but I think the fundamental thing is the team concept we have and always wanting to compete. Last year, for example, we were seven games without winning, but we always stood up; and in this one, I think we have scored four goals from minute 85 and we have won every game [4] out of. It’s about being a bit heavy. The other day, in Villarreal, the rivals saw us running without stopping and they told us: But how heavy you are! They usually tell us. Physically, I think we are one of the most worked teams in La Liga. If any of you lack the spark, the one next to you shelters you. We always go together, until the end, and that shows a lot. We also have a great capacity to adapt to the rival and we change systems easily, we are versatile; The fact of having such a wide template allows you to have different options.

P. The data say that they are the team with the highest number of different scorers (10) and the one with the most possession (37.7%) in the opposite field. Do you define yourself as a brave group?

R. Actually, it is the importance of not depending on a star. In the end, if you depend on a single player who scores 20 goals and is injured, it is dangerous. It happened to us a couple of years ago with Chimy, who put in practically everything, and we said to ourselves: If he is not there, who is going to put them in? We have shown that we are capable of arriving in different ways because we have scored in all colors: free-kick, strategy, in plays … We really like to press up and sometimes you play it a bit, but that says a lot about us. What we want is that the opposite is uncomfortable at all times.

P. The Chimy Avila [que entreabre la puerta de la sala y bromea: “¡Responde, responde!”] it succeeds, of course.

R. He has given us a lot and he will surely continue to do so. It transmits a lot to us. There are times when you are tired and you see him there, pressing from one side to the other, and that makes you take the step forward that you need. When he is thrown in mowing towards the center who takes the ball he makes us come up. We know that the ball that falls on him is going to be a goal or a uy, and that reassures you. Arm both legs very quickly and head is also very good.

P. So, has the estrangement of the Argentine resolved? [lució una camiseta con el rostro y un mensaje de Santiago Abascal, líder de Vox] with the fans?

R. In the end, he is a player who always gives his all. It was not nice to feel that a colleague is having a bad time, but now, luckily, it seems that the matter has already been fixed a bit. The best way to do it was by scoring goals [firmó uno en Villarreal, tras haberse roto las dos rodillas y 635 días, y otro contra el Granada] and celebrating them all together.

P. In any case, this Osasuna is a clear author’s team. Is the lighthouse Arrasate, without discussion?

R. The most important thing is to believe what the technician tells you. And we, no matter how we play, believe in him to the end. I think his greatest virtue has been to maintain the block with which he returned to Primera and that he knows the team perfectly. Strengthen the good and cover the deficiencies. His message is short, but he sends the one he touches at all times. It does not roll and is sincere. And in the band sometimes it gets a little hot and hits some careers … [risas]. That means you are sorry and you care. He knows this area very well and the fact that he has been to La Real is important. He knows what the climate is like here, he speaks Basque and since there are so many people here who speak it, it sure makes him feel more comfortable, and I think that in this city he lives very well and is happy. I do not know if it will renew or not, but I hope it will continue for many years.

P. In today’s football, the interventionism of the coaches is increasingly emphasized and technology is taking over the game. Is it scary?

R. Football has evolved a lot and the teams are already physically prepared. It is impossible for someone to win an easy match, and that makes everything more balanced. In a way, this also makes it pretty. A few years ago some teams walked around a bit and the rest suffered … Now, more than taking tablets to the bench or having so much control, what is scary is all that is being talked about: what if implanting the field behind, what if taking longer breaks … and the VAR, which is causing the emotion to be lost in many cases. It’s scary because you can lose the essence. You can spend 30 seconds celebrating a goal and maybe they will draw a card from you… Analyzing everything so much, if it is for the sake of helping the players, I don’t see it as a problem.

P. But isn’t the game getting flatter and flatter?

R. I don’t see it that way. I think this year in La Liga we are seeing good games, with a lot of goals, and I think there are and will continue to be people with quality. That will depend on each team and how they decide to play.

Moncayola, next to a logo of the club's centenary.
Moncayola, next to a logo of the club’s centenary.PABLO LASAOSA

P. Has the League been devalued as a product?

R. Personally, I think the championship is closer. Anyone can beat anyone. We had been with the league at the top for many years, and I imagine that then the Italian and the English would question the same thing. In the end, each league wants to grow. The Premier has done it a lot, but I, apart from the fact that Neymar, Cristiano and Messi have been able to leave, and that they have been able to suffer in marketing terms, I do not think that ours has been devalued. In Europe, Spanish teams have almost always shown their face, and if the League were so fair it would not have happened. I think that this is a good thermometer to evaluate, although it is true that physically, the teams from outside have made a big leap.

P. What did you think of the last classic?

R. Years ago, when Guardiola and Mourinho were there, we were all a bit stubborn and it was impossible to miss it, but today it is a bit different. Maybe it has lost a bit as a show, but I think both still have a great team.

P. Do you consider this Madrid more vulnerable?

R. When it is said that Madrid is not well, I think it is done in terms of maximums, for everything that is asked of it. I think they are an incredible team and that even if they can make four or five changes against us, they will still play a good game. We go without any fear, to compete, but we know what there is and that it will be very difficult.

P. Do you think that your performance is misleading, that it is indecipherable?

R. Matches against Madrid are difficult to explain because there are moments when you see yourself touching the ball and enjoying yourself, but suddenly you look at the scoreboard and you’re already down. In transitions they blow you up. I remember I played my fourth or fifth game in the League at the Bernabéu and I was impressed by Kroos. Obviously, I knew it was very good, but not that good. That makes you realize where you are. Sometimes the analyst sends you a video and tells you to be attentive to Casemiro because he may fail in control, but then he goes and doesn’t miss one …

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