The grandson of a footballer —Marquitos, five-time champion of Europe with Real Madrid— and the son of another player —Marcos, an Atlético and Barcelona international—, Marcos Alonso Mendoza (Madrid, 30 years old) is the third of the Alonso dynasty to have made race with the ball . To do this, the full-back had to go from Madrid to the Premier at the age of 19 (Bolton Wanderers) and leave a mark with Italian football (Fiorentina), before returning to England through the Chelsea door. Formed in the Real Madrid quarry, he did not play for more than three minutes in his only First game with the Whites and today he faces Atlético.
Question. Despite that boyish face, he is already 30 years old. The child of the house is no longer a child.
Response. I handle it well. I find myself like never before. A long time ago I stopped being a child. The most important step was when I left Spain. I was 19 years old. That's when I began to appreciate how lucky you are when you are at home and when I began to pick the chestnuts for myself. I went alone, outside my country, to a different culture, and I knew how to grow as a person and as a footballer. I'm happy in London after the odd move .
Q. Leaving Real Madrid at the age of 19 to sign for Bolton shouldn't have been easy, right?
R. It was a decision as important as it was necessary. He wanted to play and grow as a footballer, and there he saw it difficult. When I told my parents that I was leaving, I don't know if they would like it, but they supported me. My father, from his experience as a professional, knows what it feels like to play and feel important. My mother understood it less, but she was also supportive. For a kid from the quarry it is always complicated. At that time I didn't have the patience to fight. At that age what you want is to play. You do not understand that Sunday comes and you do not play, which is what you have been doing up to that moment. I was at the best club in the world, it was amazing, but at that age, between my hunger and little patience, I wanted to play wherever I went and we decided to go out. I do not regret. The beginnings were tough.
João Félix goes to the first line of fire Atlético's offensive challenge against Chelsea
P. He really is an emigrant from Spanish football. His experience in Spain does not exceed a year in Segunda B with Castilla and a game in Primera with Madrid .
R. I am, I am. Total, total, 11 years old I have already been away. I did not play in Third or Second. I was the time of Second B halfway between two seasons and the game in the first team . My career is made outside my country, but I do not forget the day of my debut. It was very special because it was at El Sardinero. My family is from Santander. My grandfather and my father played there. I lived there when my father was Racing's coach. And some relatives were in the field. My grandfather couldn't because he was already regular, but he sure enjoyed it a lot. It was three or four minutes. I entered through Higuaín. The coach was Pellegrini. I was so nervous that I wasn't very attentive to what he was saying to me. I just wanted to get in. I placed myself on the left side.
P. In your family, the teams went by sides. His grandfather was a Madridista; his father, from Atlético and Barça. What were you from?
R. Me, from Madrid. It was the team where he played. He was also always from the team where my father trained
P. Divided into three stages, it has already been eight years in the Premier. What does this championship have that hooks everyone who lives it closely?
R. When I arrived in 2010 I already realized that it was different from what I had experienced. The atmosphere, the fields, the treatment of the player. The way of living football. Its intensity. It's another world .
Q. You also played in Italy, at Fiorentina, what did it teach you?
R. Something different from what you had learned in England. I found myself a more competitive, more tactical football. In that Fiorentina the first season also cost me. Montella, the coach, didn't even know me. They were the left back of the Italian team, Pasqual, who was from there, the captain, and the Peruvian Vargas, who sounded for Madrid. It was hard for me to play and they loaned me to Sunderland. I returned. The coach was the same and I told him that if he wasn't going to count on me to tell me to find another solution. He said yes. The last two years were very good. I played alongside great footballers: Salah, Savic, Joaquín, Giuseppe Rossi, Mario Gómez, Borja Valero… I completed my style of play. I played European competition. Anyone could beat you. You couldn't leave the games. I came out of Italy as a better player.
Q. And what is it like to train every day alongside Joaquín?
R. Incredible. It changes the way you live. It makes you enjoy on and off the field. For what a hunk of a footballer he is, he has been underrated. In a club with greater projection than those he has played, he would have been a world-class footballer. He may have that thorn …
Q. How can the life of a footballer change from one season to the next. Last time and at the beginning of this one, with Lampard I barely played and now with Tuchel it is indisputable.
R. It happens to almost all players at some point in their career. They are moments of suffering. There is only one room: train yourself more than ever. I've done. I have not given up . I have not let myself go; If he had, he would have agreed with the coach. I had already lived that experience before and with 30 years I knew how to manage the situation. In fact, at the end of last season I ended up playing and very well because I won it. I scored goals that helped the team a lot. But it was clear that the coach made me feel reluctant, he didn't quite trust me and this season started with the same situation. You do not know what to do. You see that the coach does not count on you, the team is tenth and you already doubt. That's when I found the support of the family and convinced myself that the situation could be turned around. So it has been with the new coach. I'm playing now. Seeing how the team is doing, undefeated, it is a huge satisfaction
Q. Why do you think you have been pigeonholed in that you perform better as a long-distance winger in a defense with three center-backs?
R. Because that's where I've played the most lately. With Sarri we played some games with a line of four and I showed that I can play perfectly. The truth is that I don't care, but I do think I'm a more offensive than defensive defender .
Q. What did you think when in the first leg against Atlético, Correa spent the whole game covering the band as if he were a full-back?
R. When I saw eleven of them I thought that they were almost all of a very offensive profile and that they were going to go on the attack more than other times. It is also true that we played a good game, we controlled them well and maybe they got so far behind because of our initiative. It was more to our credit than their fault. We know of the difficulty that we are going to find in this other match. We don't take anything for cattle. We will have to do even better than in the first leg to pass.
P. With the 0-1, Atlético only has to attack yes or yes .
R. I don't know what he will do. We, of course, are going to go out for the game.
P. Apparently, now your team uses some key words to tell the teammate what you are going to do or what he has to do …
R. [Laughs] That I did not know. I don't know where they got that from. I don't know anything about keywords
Q. A week of selections is coming. Have you already forgotten about La Roja?
R. Ugh, I don't know. It's complicated. I would love to come back. I'm a little late and I feel sorry for it. I think he could have given a lot to the national team and hopefully he can give it one day. I'm not ruling it out, but it won't be easy because of how things have gone so far. My hopes have gone a bit, but I have no doubt that I could give a lot. The memories I have are very beautiful: the 6-1 win over Argentina on the day of my debut, after the Wembley match, where my grandfather and my father had played … But I would like to have one more chance because I think I have it. won.
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