After Sevilla FC's training session this Friday morning at the Ciudad Deportiva José Ramón Cisneros Palacios, the fifth consecutive session this week as part of Phase 3, the group training phase of the return to full training, Suso spoke to official club media. Suso was the last player to return to training, and he went into detail about various aspects of working from home and returning to training: "The first few days were the easiest, but as the days went on it became harder, you get into a routine and it becomes difficult, but we've had a good time being with our families too. You miss the routine of coming here, seeing your teammates, training, making an effort, playing a match again on Saturday or Sunday... You always miss that".
SUSO: "THE ORGANISATION AND SECURITY PROTOCOLS ARE MAKING EVERYTHING GO GREAT"
The man from Cádiz compared the first few days at the training ground to a pre-season: "I alwasys say it's the memory of going on holiday, then you're keen to return, feel that pain in your legs and body when you return to training after stopping for a while. Once you've spent so long at home, it's nice then too, because we've been away for so long, it's nice to return and see your teammates, to sweat, to interact with everyone...".
"At first there was uncertainty, everything was a lot worse, but the protocols are very good"
About the security, Suso is clear that everything is being done in a brilliant manner: "At first it was different and it's difficult to get used to a situation you've never experienced before. The protocols are very good, the club's organisation has been superb in every sense too and so the return has been as pleasant as possible. At first there was uncertainty, everything was a lot worse. The protocols are very good and the organisation has made all of this go great".
For all that, the winger admitted that training as a full group is key and more days in this format would suit them well: "A bit more time suits all of us well. Beginning group training and returning to compete in two weeks without friendly matches is a bit tough to begin with. I think that we're working well and we should continue like this so that we go into the first match in the best shape possible".
"Good players understand each other on the pitch and here there are so many of them"
Talking about his move to Sevilla, the ex-AC Milan again recognised that his wish was to wear the white and red again: "I wanted to come, that was my dream. Sevilla is a big club in Spain and Europe and it was very important for me to come here, to feel good close to home too. I have enjoyed many of the first few matches, I had a very good impression of the club, the stadium, the people, I'm so keen to return. I knew some teammates, the manager, everything was easier, because I always say that good players understand each other on the pitch and here there are so many of them, everything is much easier like this".
Suso offered his thoughts on Sevilla's first match when the league resumes, the derby: "I was very keen to experience it, everything was planned with my family and friends, it's a unique match in Europe. It would be much nicer with all the people and the fans, but we have to adapt to these such different times".
"I think our psychological aspect will be the most important for our aim, which is getting into the Champions League"
Finally, he spoke about a key aspect in the final straight in LaLiga and the aims to achieve: "Since I've been here it's been a tight squeeze. What matters most is being focused because there will be lots of matches on the way, lots of effort, and we have to be good psychologically, I think it will be the most important aspect. I think the main aim is to achieve the club's goal of getting into the Champions League and being able to do well in the Europa League to end up even happier".