Once again it is his turn to play against Zaragoza. It is obvious that it is special.
Yes, it’s a nice game in which I’m going to try to enjoy myself and give my best because it’s my professional duty. It is inevitable that as a player from Zaragoza, the situation is strange, it already happened to me in La Romareda in the first round, because last season I did not play against Zaragoza. Just entering the rival’s dressing room, your city, your people, the club where you’ve been for so many years… It’s a strange and special feeling.
How many requests for tickets do you have from Zaragoza fans who are going to be in Cartagena?
Well, many, really. I don’t know if it will reach me. I already have my family here to watch the game and surely some friends will come.
The first season at Cartagena had more ups and downs, with 21 league games, 13 starts, but this time he has already played 29, with 26 in the eleven. He has established himself and has had a lot of competition, David Simón and Antoñito were there, who left in January, now Buffarini has arrived…
I’m happy on an individual level, although as a team it’s costing us a little more and that’s the important thing. Competition is always a stimulus, there were three right backs and the level to play had to be high, now another teammate has come and that competition is very good, it makes you not get lost and give your best. I’m on it.
Yes, of course. I think that Delmás has grown a lot as a footballer in these years after an exit that was a bit strange, from one day to the next the doors opened for me and I had to make the decision to leave home and the first year it was difficult for me after never having left from Saragossa. This season in terms of football and personally I have grown, I am much more comfortable and it shows on the field.
“In the end, where they give you confidence is where you perform. At Zaragoza I played due to injuries to a teammate and then left. That makes you not give your best version”
Do you think you have shown in Cartagena that there is a player in you to contribute a lot, at least in the Second Division?
In the end where they give you confidence is where you give up. At Zaragoza he played due to injuries to a teammate and then left. That makes you not give your best version. I think the good performance I’m giving is reflected in the field, both last year in the final stretch and in the current season.
At Zaragoza he had that secondary role, many times as a replacement for Alberto Benito or Vigaray. Did you feel that he did not value you, that there was a permanent shadow of doubt with you?
This is football, for the good and the bad. There were times when I earned the position and had many more opportunities, but it was the coach who made the decisions. It may be that in other circumstances and with other factors that stage could have been much better for me. When the doors opened for me I saw clearly that I had to find my way out of Zaragoza and that’s it.
I insist, did you feel valued by the club?
Well, it depends on who. It is clear that there was someone who did not love me and there were many others who did. In those years, at times I felt more valued and at others less.
“The door to my return is clear that it will always be open for me, since it is my team, the club of my life. My career is going the other way now, but that possibility will always be there”
Do you think that Zaragoza door can be reopened for you or is it closed permanently?
It is clear that it will always be open for me, since it is my team, the club of my life. My career is going the other way now, but that possibility will always be there.
Did you fear Zaragoza’s relegation this season? Last year the team had a very bad time and in the current one they have also experienced a lot of irregularity until the last four victories.
This year I really didn’t think about that possibility of going down at any time. He was convinced that Zaragoza was going to make the leap and start winning. Yes, there was a worrying moment with many days without winning. I watch all the games I can and they’ve played some very good ones, but now the results are coming in, although I hope they won’t get the fifth in a row.
“We’re up against Zaragoza, who have the most confidence this season. They’re doing things well, although we at Cartagonova are strong. They’re going to have a hard time for sure”
Cartagena is measured against the best Zaragoza of the season…
At least and obviously the one you trust the most. They are doing things well, although we at Cartagonova are strong. They are going to have a hard time for sure.
Francés, Francho, Azón, now Puche… The quarry, as with you and some others in the previous generation, is there.
It is to be more than satisfied to see how the quarry pulls the cart, the work that is done in the Sports City is very good and it is reflected. Players go up and the level they give is there. Those of us at home have always said that what you have in your home is sought outside and now it is seen. A few years ago Guti, Lasure, Pombo, Álex Zalaya or I went up and some are in First and others in Second, but it was a good batch too.
The one that the eyes of other clubs, some of them very important, are on the most, is in French. Do you see him prepared to make the leap to First?
That only time can tell. Both he and the others are doing things well. I wish you the best. I see these players ready to make the leap to the elite, although hopefully Zaragoza’s situation is that of not having to transfer them, but that they are performing so well is very good for the club.
With whom do you have a relationship with the staff?
With many. I speak with ‘Lasu’, with ‘Zapa’, before also a lot with Eguaras and Ros, who are now gone.
“I didn’t understand Eguaras’ departure in January, but that’s not where I fit in. I have a close relationship with Lasure, hopefully the coach will give him those minutes so that the footballer can show that he is what he did at the time”
Did you understand the departure of Eguaras in January?
No, the truth is that I didn’t understand it, but I’m not in there, it’s club stuff and that’s it.
He mentioned Lasure, already registered after overcoming his testicular tumor. What a joy to see you there again.
Awesome, you deserve the best. I have a great relationship with him, we have shared a lot of time in the quarry and in the first team. I see him well, ready to have those minutes, and hopefully the coach will give them to him so that the footballer can show that he is like he already did at the time. That he enjoy football and that he makes us enjoy Zaragoza with his football.
Do you think that Zaragoza’s reaction will give you enough to get hooked on the promotion?
There are still 11 games left, there are a lot of points, but it’s complicated. Girona has not failed and many teams are behind us, with direct confrontations and it is difficult to get close. Zaragoza, like us, will fight until the end for sixth place.
They are direct rivals to reach the promotion…
Of course, the points are there, we only have one more, and this Saturday’s game is about trying to get closer to those places.
What has happened to Cartagena? It seems that it has cost them to be consistent and regular.
In such a long Second it is more than difficult to have a regularity throughout the year. That happens to most of the teams and sometimes we have potholes and the results don’t come. I think that Cartagena is doing things well, although away from home it is costing us more, and we are going to fight until the end for that sixth place.
“What footballer is there in this Second Division that guarantees you 15 goals every season? I only get two, Rubén Castro and Stuani, and both are very old. Rubén is a living legend, a piece of player, an example”
With Rubén Castro, 40 years old and 15 goals…
He is a living legend of football, a piece of player. What footballer is there in this Second Division that guarantees you 15 goals every season? I only get two, him and Stuani, and both are very old. You see him with that mentality of working and having fun and he is an example, I hope he continues scoring many goals.