Maradona in ’92: “Ferlaino doesn’t want to win anymore. Juve was my biggest dream”
On the Guardian interview of 92 now in the guide: «Napoli beloved me in a tough manner. Ferlaino broke his promise. Berlusconi is killing soccer
Old sports activities images / Naples / in the photograph: Diego Armando Maradona photograph Imago/Image Sport
The Guardian additionally presents an edited model of Bruno Bernardi’s interview with Maradona, printed in La Stampa in September 1992. The interview instantly follows the top of Diego’s dismissal and Bilardo’s transfer to Sevilla. Interviews with Bernardi are included in the guide “Diego Maradona: the final interview and different interviews”.
Maradona: Desperate – on the recommendation of Claudia Villafañe, Marcos Franchi and the physician – I needed to return to enjoying, even in Naples. I did my final check with 21 issues that have been extra in regards to the man than the cash. I did not owe Ferlaino a single greenback as a result of it is a new contract and I’ve already performed for 3 years. Instead, it was Napoli who owed him 7 million, an quantity that included the 1992-93 suspension. Somewhat kindness would have been sufficient. When Careca, Crippa and De Napoli referred to as me, it touched my coronary heart. In Naples I’ve many buddies, inside and outdoors of soccer. And it is solely Ferlaino’s fault that I’m in Sevilla.
Bernard: Ferlaino wished you the perfect for the longer term as a supervisor.
Maradona: If I might be one, I’d not agree with Ferlaino. He and I are very totally different.
Bernard: Napoli gave you a large number however what did they take away from you?
Maradona: Napoli beloved me very a lot, and not using a second of peace to relaxation. I was hoping, they usually promised me, that after two or three years it could change, however as a substitute the stress elevated. I do not blame the Neapolitans. I understood Ferlaino’s promise that if we received the UEFA Cup he would chase me for a very long time. He rejected her. And that is after I obtained scared.
Maradona: Juve was my biggest dream and I’d have been a participant who solely talked and shouted on the pitchhe’s pulling his teammates, the form of gamers which have been lacking for the reason that days of Roberto Bettega and Marco Tardelli, when Juve received every part. In Turin if I had collected titles, I’d nonetheless be in a metropolis the place you possibly can stroll in peace via the Roma with out being harassed., like after I was in Italy these first few months, however in Naples I could not depart the resort. Roberto Baggio is a hero, possibly the one one together with Claudio Caniggia who might be my successor, however he has to undergo whereas he nonetheless has a couple of years to acquire expertise and maturity. Juve is a superb and great firm earlier than the Lawyer you have got to take off your hat. He could be very highly effective, miles away from Berlusconi.
Bernard : Now it is Milan who dominate and permit themselves to ship Ruud Gullit to the substitutes.
Maradona: Unintelligible. I’ve a whole lot of anger in direction of Berlusconi: he’s an boastful one who has six guests not to strengthen Milan, however to weaken the competitors. I kill the ball. I perceive the facility of what damage me a lot, however Gullit doesn’t deserve to be handled like that. And in addition to Ruud, persons are punished for not having the ability to see ace just like the Dutchman who provides them a lot pleasure. If he’s not wanted, give him to Sevilla.
Maradona: and the results of the petitions made by the Lentini group in Turin. Lentini seems to be coming from Juve and Berlusconi has signed him with an necessary contract. I perceive that Lentini makes extra money than me. Sure, he is an awesome hitter however he isn’t a fantasy.
Bernard: So Milan is unassailable?
Maradona: he can nonetheless win the Scudetto. However, Juve continues to be Milan’s rival and can’t afford to take into consideration the longer term by shopping for younger gamers; they need to consider profitable instantly and strengthen themselves with gamers filled with persona. To be clear, the membership wants somebody like Carlo Ancelotti who controls the pitch and places psychological stress on his teammates and opponents. Other groups will not be prepared to compete with Milan. Not Inter, which doesn’t have Lothar Matthäus of the perfect occasions to hope to win the UEFA Cup. Not Napoli: Ferlaino now not needs to make them a profitable group. Or Sampdoria who misplaced Gianluca Vialli. Not my pal Caniggia’s Rome. Not Bull who’ve an excellent group, however they do not want the Scudetto.
Bernard: Are you lacking our Serie A?
Maradona: More info. But now I’m in Spain. I’m desirous about tomorrow’s recreation between Sevilla and Matthäus’ Bayern: you will notice the good Maradona. I additionally invited King Juan Carlos. And I’m desirous about my La Liga debut on October 7.
Bernard: Don’t want US 94?
Maradona: It’s early morning and I’ve a whole lot of doubts. First of all I’ve to discover my place in the World Cup nationwide group which would be the closing and which might be affected by the distinction of season and time. We went to the ultimate at Italia 90 as a result of Vicini did not play with Pietro Vierchowod: if he had performed in protection we would not have equalized and reached the top of penalties. And I pray to God that Sacchi’s Azzurri don’t attain the hills of Milan, in any other case they are going to be too robust and there might be nothing for anybody.