Jose Maria Guttierrez, otherwise known as Guti, has lashed out at his former club, the same club where he resided as player for 15 years and returned as a youth coach for two seasons. In an interview with Jorge Valdano, the former Spanish playmaker suggested that he wasn’t given a fair shot after having tremendous success with the Juvenil A team.
“I think the have the doors to Real Madrid closed. Not for my part, but for theirs. As a coach, they did not give me the opportunity to show in Castilla that one day I could make the lead to Real Madrid. For that reason, it was the right time for me to leave. I had already been at Juvenil A for two years,” Guti explained.
“The first year at Real was very good and the second not so much, I needed a greater challenge,” Guti said about his time coaching in Madrid. “I did not leave because they didn’t give me Castilla, I left because Real Madrid and Castilla had their benches occupied. I wanted to continue to advance in my career. If I had continued one more year at Juvenil A, I would have taken a step backwards.”
In a separate part of the interview, Guti revealed that the player version of himself would have to do things slightly differently to break into Guti’s, the coach, starting XI: “Surely yes he [Guti the player] would play, but I would ask him for certain things that he would have to give me in order to play. Today’s football has nothing to do with what I used to play. Now the physical is very important, but only with physical does not win games. The important thing is to get talented players to do the same physical work as those with less talent. With physique and without talent it is very difficult to win Leagues and Champions.”