Saturday, November 27

“We don’t notice changes because they never come”


  • The Catalan midfielder from Eibar explains in an interview with EL PERIÓDICO the outrage of the players at the unfulfilled promises for the professionalization of the League.

Openly about the green, María Llompart (Begues, 2000) neither does he have them outside of him. The SD Eibar midfielder, happy for the return of her football style to the ranks of the gunsmith team, receives EL PERIÓDICO before the start of a campaign in which “nothing has changed” regarding professionalization and what she hopes for “a step forward” of a team whose football status is usually directly related to the Catalan’s smile.

-Let’s start with the basics. What season are you waiting for? It’s going to be a totally different League for us. The coaching staff and even the sports director have changed us. The club has changed many things but we are happy about those changes. It’s going to be a bit of a strange season because we still have to adapt to the new style of play. And even though it’s my style, it’s costing us. Of course, we have a very united and motivated team to face the debut against Sevilla.

-What is the group objective? The overall objective of the team, beyond permanence, is to try to be at the top of the table.

-In that part of the table where it seems that Barcelona has no rival. That’s it. Although soccer is unpredictable. For me, Barça is right now the best club in Europe and even in the world, but all the games are different and in fact I think that in this year’s classic there may be surprises. If I’m honest with you, I think that Barça is going to win the League, but Levante, Real Sociedad and Atlético de Madrid can also put up a lot of war. There are more and more level rivals in our championship and even in Reto Iberdrola. And that shows. The higher the level, the more you enjoy, even if you lose.

– And in that that rise of level is the plenary session Barcelona in the prizes of the UEFA. Those awards are a source of pride. When I saw them coming out, I was shocked. It is a great joy to be able to compete with players like them. The level of our League is rising and the results are coming. Now the only thing left is for the fans to return to the stadiums because they will surely enjoy it first-hand.

“Everything remains the same. Nothing changes. And I say, if you are not 100% sure of one thing, do not say it, because then the disappointment is greater”

-Despite the level, the League is still not professional. And that they promised professionalization on June 15. Do you feel cheated? Deceived not because all years are the same, nothing changes. In the end you get used to it. We don’t notice changes because they never come. And the truth is that it is sad and we are already a little tired but I am convinced that with patience the professionalization will come.

-How do you experience the beginning of a new season knowing that everything will remain the same? It has been a very important disappointment because professionalization not only changes you at a football level but also economically. We had the idea that this year was going to be different but as always, everything remains the same. Nothing changes. And I say, if you are not 100% sure of a thing, do not say it, because then the disappointment is greater.

-Have they been informing you at least of the steps that are being taken towards professionalization? No, nobody has informed us of anything. We find out everything through social networks or because one of the team finds a link in the media and sends it through the team’s WhatsApp group. Nobody tells us anything.

“Those of us who don’t play in big clubs need that professionalization. It’s sad to leave home to dedicate yourself to something and that you can’t make a living from it. It’s very unfortunate”

-What would that professionalization bring to a player like María Llompart? I think personally I am going to notice the change a lot because I play in a humble team like Eibar. If I were at Barça, it would surely be different, but those of us who don’t play in big clubs need that professionalization. It is sad to leave home to dedicate yourself to something and that you cannot make a living from it. It is very unfortunate. You do it because you like it and it’s your job, but when you can’t make a living from it, it’s difficult.

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-Does that force you to combine football with another job? No, because to perform at the highest level I dedicate myself to football exclusively, but I live the minimum life. Professionalization will help us to focus only on our work and to be able to make a living from it. It is something that is going to be noticed especially in humble clubs.

-Knowing that this is not going to happen this season, what season can you expect? It is going to be a complicated year and one that can mark a before and after because the level is rising a lot. It is an important course for everyone knowing what lies ahead. People are motivated to play and make the viewer enjoy themselves.


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