Angel Acea is in charge of retraining the injured players of the English team. He has gone through the selection of Costa Rica and Sevilla, among many other destinations.
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In Saint Albans, about 10 kilometers from the city of Watford, Angel Acea (39 years old) has lived for a few months. He lives alone in a small apartment next to the Watford Football Club training ground. He landed with his compatriot Xisco Muoz on the Hornets bench and continues to practice with Claudio Ranieri at the controls. “I don’t go to away games or home games. My mission is to re-adapt injured players,” Acea said weeks ago, in a telephone conversation with EL MUNDO. Oblivious to the fact that the best, at least for his team, was yet to come. He did it on Saturday, in the form of a historic defeat of Manchester United (4-1). “Enjoy the present, but think that it is another moment to be remembered forever. Fortunate”, is the last publication of his Instagram account, along with an image of the tremendous duel in Vicarage Road, which ended up being the guillotine of Solskjaer.
Angel is one of the speakers at the first charity Congress of the Construjando Ftbol platform, which will be held free of charge, streaming, on November 22 and 23. A globetrotter who has experienced some successes for Sevilla, he immersed himself in the 2018 World Cup with Costa Rica and participated in an exotic experience with Zambia, in search of the Tokyo Olympics. He also walked around Qatar. Or in the Netherlands, practicing at the Vitesse. And he left his mark on Albacete and Badajoz. Until the place in the Premier that it occupies today. Although the elite demands sacrifices. “Elite football is very nice, but it takes quite a bit of personal wear. It ends up absorbing you and many times, as in my case, it includes having the family away,” he admits, since his two girls (seven and nine years old) and his wife have stayed in Spain. “Being in the Premier is a dream for any physical trainer. I am lucky, but it is sacrificed and it takes a heavy toll.”
In these months, Acea has had time to draw some conclusions about the Premier. “It is more demanding than LaLiga physically and at the level of individual duels, not so much in terms of distance and intensity,” he analyzes. “The big leagues follow an even pattern, with 35/45 injuries per season in a high-level team. The more demanding football is, the more you demand on the body,” he adds.
Two serious injuries
In his professional soccer years, he has seen all kinds of injuries. However, there are some that have been etched in his memory. For example, during his time at Sevilla, that of the dans Krohn-Dehli or that of the French Tremoulins. “In the semi-finals of the Europa League, Michael [Krohn-Dehli], who was a great guy, suffered a fracture against Shakhtar. Later, Tremoulinas suffered a cartilage injury and had to work hard all year. In the end he had to retire, “he reviews aloud.” The worst injuries are tendon or degenerative cartilage problems, which can force the player to retire. Because even a crusader injury recovers. ”
Angel has crossed the planet because of the ball. Although the substance of the matter, wherever it is, ends up being the same. “In the end, football is football in all parts of the world. There are simply nuances. It is what surprises you the most. They are the same values in Badajoz as in the Premier”. And recall some of its pages. “Last year in Badajoz I had extremely professional players and in other sectors of a higher level, less professional. It depends on the personal hunger to improve and train.”
And from his small apartment in Saint Albans, he remembers his family again, whom he dragged during one of his chapters in Qatar. “I also don’t want my family to be sacrificed by the instability of football.”
Reference from elmundo