Argentine coach Hernán Crespo warned this Wednesday in his presentation as San Pablo’s new coach that everyone will have to earn the right to be in the team and said that Brazilian Dani Alves, whose continuity is in the air, can still “continue learning and growing up “at 37 years old.
“San Pablo has to play, he has to compete, try to win tournaments, always playing in the same way,” said the former Argentine national team striker at his first press conference as technical director of Tricolor de Morumbí.
“Here you have to confirm. You have to deserve to be in San Pablo, I was the first, deserve to be in a place as big as San Pablo”added.
Crespo was blunt in defending his philosophy and promised an offensive style of play, although he asked “patience” to implement his methodology on the pitch because “no one is a magician and no one does magic.”
“I will respect the football that I like, that I am passionate about, be the protagonists, go find the rival goal, have scoring chances and get a little kick to the goal”, listed.
“The great challenge is for San Pablo to be back in the place that belongs to it,” said the former Defense and Justice technician, with whom he won the last edition of the Copa Sudamericana.
‘Valdanito’ Crespo, who signed for two years with San Pablo, avoided commenting on the continuity of three of the most experienced players in the dressing room, the Brazilians Hernanes, Dani Alves and the Spanish Juanfran Torres, all of them 35 years or older.
“It would not seem correct to me to make a decision and make it public today, out of respect for the team. Anything I say can unbalance,” he said.
He acknowledged that he has not yet made a decision on whether or not he will have any of the three, although it would not seem “correct to make it public today” either.
On the other hand, given the lack of budget to undertake large contracts, he stated that he is “very interested” in seeing all the club’s footballers grow individually, “regardless of age.”
“Dani Alves can also learn and continue growing, not from arrogance, but from the simplicity that in life one never stops learning. That for me is fundamental,” he said.
He also said that he is working to take over “as soon as possible” the bank of the São Paulo team, although he did not give a date for his debut.
Although he was enthusiastic about the new project and assured that he has already seen players “with fire in their eyes and the desire to do good things”, although always “under the same identity”, without “losing the essence”.
“As a player, I had the possibility to play with Kaká, Drogba, Shevchenko, Vieri, Robben, Ibra, Adriano, they all had different characteristics and, sometimes, I modified my way of playing. What I didn’t lose was one thing, scoring goals. I did not lose who I was, I was still the same player: Crespo, “he said.