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Before the Coronavirus pandemic made Spain close its borders, Barcelona player Frenkie De Jong managed to fly back to his home country of the Netherlands in good time. He spends his time in isolation, just like every other football player. De Jong talked about his daily routine, his diet, his first year at FC Barcelona, and more.
About the quarantine situation in Holland
De Jong: “The situation here is not necessarily better, but less bad than in Spain. You cannot go out in Spain, here you can. We can go outside to walk or go for a walk, three people are allowed to stay outside. I came straight here when Barcelona stopped training, luckily I went to Holland before the curfew [in Spain] was imposed.”
How is your daily routine?
De Jong: “After breakfast we usually go for a walk with the dog, after that I usually go on the treadmill, run, do exercises. Then I watch series, play with the dog – things like that.”
De Jong: “Mikky (his girlfriend) almost always cooks, I don’t cook. I eat a little less than usual, because I train less than usual, so I eat less I pay attention to what I eat and drink, but I don’t have a particular diet like “I have to eat this and this now”. ”
What do you miss the most?
De Jong: “Going to the club, the daily routine: meeting my teammates, training with them. I always enjoy it very much, but we haven’t been able to do that for a few weeks now sitting and waiting for the situation to change. But there is no other option, we just have to do it and just wait patiently.”
How do you train?
De Jong: “The fitness trainers sent us a training program, there are exercises every day. They ask every day how to get along. I think that’s good for us, you stay in shape – not in the normal way the case is, but as good as possible. “
Do you rewatch old games?
De Jong: “Not completely, but of course I watch a few highlights. Not just from our games, but in general. But I don’t watch certain of our games this season.”
Your best game for Barcelona so far?
De Jong: “Maybe the game against Dortmund or Inter Milan in the Champions League.”
Your previous performances with Barcelona?
De Jong: “They are not really bad, I think it’s okay – I play a lot, get a lot of time, I’m very happy about that. I think I could be better. There were games in which I was good and games in which I was less good. But I think I can do better than before. I am satisfied, but not completely satisfied.”
Rooney admits he wanted to join Barça: “Imagine playing with Messi, Xavi, Iniesta, Busquets”
Pep Guardiola’s Barcelona team was something else. Not only did the Catalans have the best players in the world but they also played the most thrilling and the most beautiful football on the planet. That statement may or may not hold true to this very day but the fact is, their opponents were more often than not – outclassed.
The same thing happened to Manchester United, twice to be more precise. And twice Wayne Rooney was on the receiving end of a lesson in football. However, back in 2010, he was extremely close to leaving Old Trafford and heading to Spain of all places.
He handed in a transfer request and for the following couple of days or so, the Englishman was one of the most wanted men on the planet. Talking on the UTD Podcast, Rooney explained he wanted to join Barcelona.
“In my head, at the time (2010), I was ready to go and play in Spain. Ideally, I would have liked to have gone to Barcelona. Imagine playing in that team with Messi, Xavi, Iniesta and Busquets.”
And according to him, fitting in wouldn’t have been a problem. After all, Lionel Messi was a wide player at the time so there would certainly be a place for a player like Rooney in Guardiola’s team.
“At that time Messi wasn’t playing as a number 9, he was playing out wide. So, I think I would’ve slotted in perfectly. I could have come to the ball as well and have players running in behind.”
There’s no denying his class and skill on the pitch and a prime Rooney could’ve been a real asset to any team in the world back in the day.
Can you imagine him at his best, playing for one of the best teams to ever set foot on the green pitch?
It would’ve been quite something, to say the least.