VALENCIA. The former player of Valencia and Cádiz Manolo Botubot has declared this Tuesday that, although the Valencian players “are thinking” about the final of the Copa del Rey that they will play on April 23 against Betis, “they will not let go” in the clash next Sunday’s league game against Cádiz.
Botubot, 66, told Efe that there are games that have “their emotionality” and that for the Valencianists, the cup final that they will play at the La Cartuja stadium “has it more,” but that “does not mean ” that Valencia “is not going to give it all up” against the people of Cadiz.
The one who was a defender for both teams between the 1970s and 1980s indicated that footballers “are moved by illusions” and that “when you go to play a Cup final you are excited about winning a title.”
“Valencia in the League has it difficult to reach European competitions and, logically, you leave everything in that final”, recognized Botubot, for whom Cádiz will reach Sunday’s clash with the incentive to “fight for permanence”.
The international defender considered that Cádiz “has taken a one hundred and eighty degree turn” after the arrival of the Catalan Sergio González on his bench.
“Before, the illusion was on the ground and this new coach has given more energy” to the Cadiz team, said Botubot, for whom “the orange” with Álvaro Cervera “did not give more juice”.
Sunday’s game at the Mestalla stadium, for Botubot, also has a “tagline” after the recent meetings between the two clubs, in which “complicated arguments” were given, he recalled in reference to last year’s League game at the Carranza stadium, when the Valencian player Mouctar Diakhaby accused the Cadista Juan Cala of having said a racist insult to him, and to the rough match this season in the Cup tie, in the Valencian field.
From his time at Cádiz, where he only spent one season (1976-77) in the Second Division before being transferred to Valencia, he stressed that he did not “give him time” to save any special match in his memory, if anything his debut against Córdoba: “I came from nowhere and my greatest dream was to play for Cádiz,” he observed.
Seventeen games later he was signed by Valencia, a club where he stayed for eight seasons and where he lived “many beautiful moments”.
Champion of the European Cup Winners’ Cup in 1980 against London’s Arsenal and the European Super Cup that same year against English Nottingham Forest, the title that Botubot treasures with “most affection” is the 1979 Copa del Rey, won over Real Madrid in the Vicente Calderón stadium 2-0 with two goals from Argentine striker Mario Alberto Kempes.
In the last stage of his professional career, the Cádiz-born player defended the shirts of Castellón and Xerez, where he retired in Second Division A at the end of the 86-87 season.
Botubot did not continue to be linked to football despite having valued at the time the possibility of working in grassroots football. “He was left in the inkwell” some option that he did not finish curdling, something that “saddens” him, he was honest, not being able to “get all the game he had inside.”
Once the boots were hung up, the former center back and left back opened a dance academy in Cádiz with his wife, who is a Spanish dance teacher; and invested in commercial premises intended for lease.