Dani Carvajal and teammates at Real are about to return to training in preparation for the new season. This is the time for the 28-year-old defender to look back on the season and set his sights on the future.
A FAILED COMPETITION SEASON – Dani Carvajal
Real ended the difficult 2019/20 season with the La Liga championship. And Dani Carvajal thinks that success came from manager Zinedine Zidane, who tried to restore the team after a period of chaos. “Zidane’s most precious quality is his composure,” Carvajal told Esquire magazine. “Whatever happens, good or bad, he doesn’t waver and keeps his attitude calm. That is the reason why they give us great peace of mind ”.
This is definitely the secret to Real’s crowning in La Liga 2019/20. Zidane’s team has been chasing the first place for a long time with consistency. Even when they lost No. 1 in round 26 and fell into the situation of chasing Barca again, they were still not discouraged. Then when he returned to the top of the table, Real kept it steady until the season closed.
However, according to Dani Carvajal, the difference Zidane makes is in trust. “He always believes in the qualities of each player, and at the same time gives us a strong belief in his own abilities, in that we can create a winning team and have the ability to conquer.” said the 28-year-old guard.
This is very important at Real, a unique environment, unlike other clubs. “Real is a big team with big players,” Carvajal revealed. All effort and focus 100% on football, to the point where there is no room for socializing or creating personal relationships. This is very different from when I played for Leverkusen. It’s more comfortable there and it’s easy for people to share common interests ”.
IT’S TIME TO BECOME A PROFESSIONAL FOOTBALLER
Even so, Dani Carvajal doesn’t mind. Because of that factor that makes Real always the greatest club. As a kid at Leganes, in the Madrid neighbourhood, Carvajal ran around the house after Predrag Mijatovic’s goal against Juventus, then celebrating Real’s Champions League crowning moment. When it was time to become a player, after a short adventure in Leverkusen and then returning to Real in 2013, Carvajal continued to lift the European Cup four times with the club.
“The best game of my career was the Champions League final in Lisbon,” Dani Carvajal said of a 4-1 win that he excelled in, paralyzing Atletico’s left flank. “It was a really great performance that I will never forget. If we have to choose one of Real’s best games, I think it will be the final in Cardiff when we beat Juventus in all ways.
Possessing 4 Champions League trophies out of a total of 16 titles won with Real, but Dani Carvajal still wants more. The goal of the Spanish defender is to “win the 5th European championship with Real”. If completed, Carvajal will match the legends of Real in the late 1950s, like Alfredo Di Stefano … And this is also a stepping stone for Carvajal to reach the next goal: “To be remembered as one of the three greatest players. This brilliant era ”.
At 28, six years younger than Sergio Ramos, whom Dani Carvajal considers an idol, he hasn’t thought about retiring. But after a period of the social gap, Carvajal had a big change in view. “It all happened so quickly and I could completely miss it,” Carvajal said. “So I try to make every game a special occasion as if it were the last until I retire in Real as I hope.”