Martín Montoya is excited, yet realistic about his expectations for the new season of FC Barcelona football. For the first time, he has a real shot at getting a lot of minutes as Barça's full-back. He's the natural replacement to Dani Alves, who stays in the squad, but is not really the right side owner like he once was.
At a press conference in Helsinki ahead of Barcelona's preseason friendly against the hosts, HJK, Montoya spoke briefly about Luis Enrique's scheme, his style as a coach and his relationship with Alves.
"Difference in tactics from last season? We get definitely more freedom and we attack more, because the wingers run to the middle a lot more than they did. It's a lot different from last year, but our defensive duties don't change. In terms of training, it's the same way it was at Barça B: a lot of intensity, physical work, use of the ball and tactical training.
Luis Enrique? He's the ideal coach. As a player, he was tough, sacrificed himself and had a lot of character. As a coach he shows the same character, ambition and will to win.
Dani Alves? He's one of the best full-backs in the world, so it will be difficult for me to play and get minutes. I don't see myself as the starter. He is the reference. Had he gone away, I'm sure the club will bring in another world-class player for his position. But I love that he's staying, because he's a great guy and I'm able to learn a lot from him."
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