Fontàs: “The truth is that I never expected to get this far”
Marc Guillén / David R. Jover
In an exclusive interview with Barça TV and the Club’s website, defender Andreu Fontas explained how the pre-season is going and just what the promotion to the first team squad has meant for him.
All the B team players hope to make it to the first team squad and for Andreu Fontas that dream has
come true and now he has to prove that he deserves his place amongst the best players in the world
who are his teammates at the Camp Nou.
“The truth is that I never expected to get this far” explained Fontàs, who has
gradually made his way up through the youth and reserve teams after playing for his home town team
Banyoles and Girona before his move to Barça.
Big jump to Barça
Reflecting on his experiences in the Club’s youth and reserve teams, Fontàs
claimed: “I was never a player who stood out really, but through hard work and effort I
gradually progressed and made the jump from Banyoles to Girona and then I had one season with the
Barça Youth team, before I played three seasons with the B team”.
He also admitted that the move to Barcelona came as a shock to him: “when I first got
to Barça, I couldn’t believe it – so many things were different, it was all so much
more professional and you see all the physios, the Ciutat Esportiva, all those grass pitches…
it was all a big surprise”.
Luis Enrique gave him an important role in the B team, using him as both a central defender
and an anchorman in the middle, but Fontàs admitted that: “I was really keen to take on the
responsibility I now have”, as a first team squad player.
And how would he describe himself as a player? “I am pretty calm about coming
out from the back with the ball, which is a pretty fundamental part of our game. We also play with
a back line which is very high up the pitch and you have to be very alert in that situation.
I’ve matured and the switch from midfielder to centre back was a very big change - one of the
biggest I’ve experienced at the Club”.
Keen to continue learning
One of the objectives for youngsters who come into the first team squad is to take
on the habits of the rest of the players and learn from their more experienced teammates:
“they are players with so much experience and I want to learn every day from them. I watch
them closely every day to see what they do”, according to Fontàs, who also revealed that
“Carles Puyol really helped me a lot when I played against Almeria- he was talking to me all
through the game and always marked the line we were to keep. I am so happy to be a part of this
group of players”.
“I’m happy with how the preparation has gone. It’s always tough
to get started again and we’ve been suffering with all the heat, which has meant we
haven’t been able to give of our best- I’m not at my maximum level, but I am feeling
better with every game”.
Fontàs has also been impressed with the fans’ reaction on the Tour and with the global
importance that the Club clearly enjoy: “we are one of the most important clubs in the world
and people value that. The open training sessions are incredible -that’s what Barça
B team teammates
One of Fontàs’ ex-colleagues in the B team, Thiago Alcántara, has been at the centre of
media attention on the Tour so far and Fontàs reckons: “he’s had an incredible
pre-season and he deserves his call up for Spain”, whilst stressing his “ability to
surprise and entertain, both off and on the pitch”.
Finally Fontàs claimed: “we have a spectacular academy” and the B team’s
success has not gone unnoticed: “we have players in my position like Marc Bartra, Sergi
Gómez, Marc Muniesa...they all play well and I’m really happy about the competition there is