“Spalletti is trying to put a little devil on my shoulder! The passion the fans have here in Naples is wonderful”
Hirving Lozanothe striker of Naplesis advised in a lengthy letter printed by The Players Tribune The world who will play with the shirt of Mexico. We give you a part devoted to the blue group.
“Three years later, I took my household to the Netherlands with PSV. I have to thank God, as a result of the switch went very properly. In my first season we received the league and in my second season I performed in the Champions League and I began in Mexico.
Again, in my work, Ana and I finished and requested ourselves: “Wait, what is occurring?” Is this our life now? How did we get here?!” Many issues occurred between my debut with PSV. It had been a number of years, however in some methods it felt like solely a few days.
After the World Cup (and the earthquake), one thing unusual occurred. One day I acquired a name from an Italian quantity.
“Hola Chucky? I’m Carlo Ancelotti”.
When I heard the identify, I used to be shocked.
Ancelotti labored as a commentator for Televisa in Mexico throughout the World Cup and noticed my objective. They needed me to go and play with them in Napoli.
During the 2018-19 season, I acquired calls from him each week. When I used to be injured, he would ask me: “How is the knee?” How’s the restoration going?”
He is such a individual. When he requested me to go to Napoli, how might I say no?
You already know Ancelotti. He is a nice trainer, however he is good as a individual.
The first evening in Italy he took my household and I to dinner along with his complete household. And I imply his complete household: he even introduced his grandchildren. This was crucial to me, as a result of I feel typically folks do not understand how tough it is to change international locations as a soccer participant. Especially for Latin Americans, as a result of the European tradition is very totally different and you’re distant from household. But Ancelotti knew how to make you are feeling at house. That character stayed with me.
It was a shock when he was fired after months of crippling outcomes. And, if I have to let you know the fact, I had a psychological breakdown in the first season. I performed and I did not play and issues received powerful.
Shortly after Ancelotti left, COVID hit. The youngsters had been again in Mexico and I used to be supposed to be part of them throughout the worldwide break in March 2020, however immediately all flights had been canceled and I used to be stranded on the different facet of the world.
At first nobody understood what was occurring. I assumed it could be resolved in a few days. After a few weeks, I advised the group that I could not go in anymore. I requested them to let me go house. But they mentioned, Look, you possibly can’t go away. It’s nothing, once you’re in jail. “
It was horror film time. Eventually, like many individuals at the moment, I used to be alone for 3 months, and I felt like I used to be going loopy. I felt so alone and so distant from my desires. I moved to Europe with my household and now we had been very distant. I did not even have a ball as a distraction.
Since then there have been some obstacles in my manner, however I’m fortunate as a result of I have been coming again. We received the Coppa Italia, when the competitions began to be closed once more, and I grew to become the first Mexican participant to win a cup in Italy. I used to be additionally the first Mexican to rating in Serie A and we missed the Scudetto by a hair.
I have had some nice lecturers from whom I have discovered a lot. Very totally different folks, like Gattuso (the man who needs to be at 100 per hour) and Spalletti, who tries to put a little devil on my shoulder.
I imagine that I have managed to open doorways for my buddies. And in the event that they cross via these doorways, they are going to discover a very totally different tradition, however in some methods very comparable. The passion the fans have here in Naples is wonderful. I am unable to clarify it. The manner they help their workforce… as a participant, it fills you with power and delight. There are additionally pressures, however I’m used to it now. I adore it.
Mexican fans have the identical concept – as you noticed in Russia, our tastes are totally different. It may cause earthquakes. What can I say? We have a great ball.
I do know folks like to speak about the curse of el quinta partido – the fifth recreation of the World Cup – and the stress on the Mexican workforce, however truthfully I’m not apprehensive. It is not mandatory to converse besides to say: I don’t want superstitions. This is fantasy, and we’d like to focus on the current, not the story, and take it one recreation at a time. Game one, recreation two, recreation three… after which, hopefully, good issues will comply with. Maybe even a fifth recreation.
But we can’t take something without any consideration. When the World Cup comes, I feel everybody hopes that Mexico and our fans will probably be there filling the stadiums and streets with our passion and our colours.
And we all know what it takes to get into the final 32. We fought arduous to be here.
Some might imagine that the CONCACAF qualifiers are too simple for a workforce like Mexico, however let me let you know, I’m not kidding.
Anyone who thinks we have it simple ought to go play in Panama, with rockets and fireworks going off all evening exterior their lodge window. Fans destroy the workforce bus with bottles, stones, cash… something that may be thrown.
When they arrived in Panama they turned off the lights in the center of the recreation, to make us snigger, then left them on for half-hour, trying to spoil our track.
Then attempt to go to the north, to Canada, as we did final November, and play at -23 ° C, with a very chilly area, as if it had been concrete. I have by no means been so chilly in my life! That evening in Edmonton they gave the stadium the identify “Ice Store”!
Then there was the Gold Cup final yr. Do you keep in mind once I hit the Trinidad and Tobago goalkeeper’s knee?
My neck twisted 180 levels, my again was broken, and my eye… I used to be so scared. I cried a lot. I used to be afraid of being killed, to be trustworthy. Thanks to the surgeon, I used to be solely out for 3 months, however many medical doctors advised me that it was a miracle that I survived, not to point out that they had been in a position to return shortly.