In an interview with ESPN, the former Cruz Azul and Chivas player narrated how the talk with the Argentine coach took place to seal his departure from Vigo
The Mexican soccer player, Orbelín Pineda, acknowledged that his brief period with Celta de Vigo was difficult, but he assured that he was grateful to Eduardo Coudet, coach of the Spanish club, for supporting him in fulfilling his goal of finding a team that will give him the minutes he wants. ahead of the World Cup in Qatar.
In an interview with ESPN’s León Lecanda, the former Cruz Azul player pointed out that he spoke with Coudet before the holidays and the Argentine told him that he would not have much participation, so they both concluded that it would be better to leave the squad.RELATED
“He was willing (Coudet), he gave me the opportunity and told me ‘go ahead, I’m not going to cover you up at any time, yes,’ he told me, ‘sometimes it’s going to be difficult with me to be able to enter or participate, but if you you have the illusion that you are going to play, to compete and you are going to be in the competition for the Mexican National Team, go ahead, I am not going to cover up any step or anything,’ and that also speaks well of him, that he opens you up the doors, he doesn’t close them and at the club I sat down with (the president) Carlos Mourinho and I told him, just as I sat down with ‘Chacho’ (Coudet), I did it with Carlos and they gave me the opportunity to be able to leave and now we are on this side (AEK of Athens),” said the Mexican, who does not question the coach’s decisions, but only asked for clarity on the matter.
Orbelín Pineda in Celta’s black uniform during preseason Getty Images
“He (Eduardo Coudet) had his conditions, his priorities always, although he is still the coach and that must be respected, he decides who plays and who does not. I am just another worker, I am just another player for the club, I am a player team and unfortunately I didn’t get to play as I expected and as I imagined. From the first moment, before the holidays, I was clear with him (Coudet) and told him ‘I need to play because there is a World Cup next door, I don’t I can take the risk that if I stay with you, I don’t know if I’m going to play or not, I want you to be clear and talk up front.’ , he pointed.
Despite being grateful to Eduardo Coudet for his support in finding a new club, Orbelín Pineda stated that he always worked hard at Celta de Vigo and regrets not having received important opportunities from the helmsman.
“Yes, the truth is that it was somewhat difficult, I have already said it several times, I came from playing at Cruz Azul and I arrived at Celta and it was all different, it was a change in me, in my position, that now I do not have to play They don’t take me into account and the only thing I could do was keep working, wait for the opportunity, and I think the opportunity I expected didn’t come. That’s why I’m also very attached to being here, to being able to compete, which I think moment I said ‘I’m going to throw in the towel’, the truth is I believe in my ability, I feel that I can have many more minutes and mature, improve, I have always clung to my dreams and this was one of them, cling to it, continue transcending, continue participating , mature much more and experience football more”, he commented.
On the other hand, Pineda revealed that he did not speak with Gerardo Martino, technical director of the Mexican National Team, about his move to AEK in Athens, but he is sure that “Tata” is happy with his decision to remain in the Old Continent.
“The truth is that I didn’t have a chance to talk with ‘Tata’ (Gerardo Martino), but I was talking with his assistant that I told him I was going to be moving and holding on here, because we know that ‘Tata’ and the whole body The coach likes that the Mexican is in Europe, that he is transcending, that he is having his great experience to be able to improve yes or yes and that helps us to learn a lot about soccer and improve, which is the most important thing because that helps us a lot also at the level of the Mexican National Team,” he said.
Lastly, Orbelín Pineda made it clear that his decision to join AEK Athens was due to his relationship with Matías Almeyda. The Aztec said that it was key to know that he will have the support of the Argentine coach.
“There were several opportunities, there were teams in Spain and Mexico, but the choice (for AEK Athens) was also due to the confidence of the coach (Matías Almeyda), for his willingness, because I know him, I know how he works and I also thought more in the comfort of one, that you come with the intention of working and that you have the support of the coach, that you know that he knows you and just put your work, your grain of sand and be able to raise it in what they ask of you here and that was What moved me the most, motivated me and that’s why I also decided to be on this side and be able to have minutes, which was the most important thing,” he said.