The most emotional season of Juan Carlos Garrido

first_imgDoing so was a relief, because directing a historical like Wydad is not within the reach of anyone. “The pressure is absolute. Wydad is Real Madrid or Barcelona of Morocco and when we arrived they had three games without winning. The loss of confidence was enormous, but we managed to recover the players and start with good results,” recalls Garrido, whose Past, he confesses, it has not taken its toll: “I directed Raja, who is his greatest rival, but I feel the respect of both hobbies. The confrontation between Raja and Wydad is, in terms of environment, one of the most attractive games in the world. I have lived derbies in Buenos Aires, in Istanbul, in Seville … They can be just as passionate, but not superior“At this time, Juan Carlos Garrido should be finishing one of the most important games of his career on the bench. Instead it counts the hours left to return to normal. He does it in Casablanca and alone: ​​”I stayed here because I believed that if I went to Spain, I would not be able to return with my team. I am making the sacrifice of not being with my family because I value being close to my players, I understand that at some point everything will return to normal. “The Valencian unveils May 5 as the deadline set by the CAF to decide on the future of African competitions.” Hopefully in the next few days everything will evolve positively. I hope to remember these days because it is the season in which I conquered the Champions of Africa“sentence. Just 10 days after terminating his contract with Étoile du Sahel, Juan Carlos Garrido was presented with the opportunity to return to Morocco, where he had already successfully directed Raja. There, in Casablanca, he won a Cup and a CAF Confederation Cup –He is the only European coach who has managed to win it twice.– so it was “impossible” to say ‘no’ to Wydad: “It is a country I have experience with. I had already had offers and it was clear that, sooner or later, I was going to return. Wydad is a great club that he’s always fighting to win titles. It’s the place I want to be. ” Garrido signed and the first thing he did with the ‘red devils’ was to eliminate Étoile du Sahel, his previous team, from the Champions League quarterfinals. At these hours, Juan Carlos Garrido (Valencia, 1969) should be finishing one of the most important games of his career on the bench. The Spanish coach, at the controls of the historic Moroccan Wydad Athletic Club since last February, would have received one of his former teams, the Egyptian Al Ahly, in the first leg of the semifinals of the African Champions. “The coronavirus crisis has robbed me of the possibility of enjoying a historical environment”Garrido regrets since his confinement in Casablanca.Until African football decided to stop because of the coronavirus, Juan Carlos Garrido’s season followed a script full of emotions typical of the best stories. It all started last November, when the Valencian took the reins of one of the most successful clubs in Tunisian football: Étoile du Sahel. His journey there lasted only three months. “I made the mistake of not informing myself and I found a club full of problems, especially economic. The situation was unpleasant from the first day. The players did not charge and stopped training as a protest“recalls Garrido, who, however, managed to squeeze the team and reach the Champions League quarterfinals after finishing the group stage leader. Juan Carlos Garrido, Wydad coach Juan Carlos Garrido, Wydad coachcenter_img “Wydad is Real Madrid or Barcelona of Morocco. The pressure is absolute” In the first round of the maximum continental competition, Etoile du Sahel was framed in the same group as Al Ahly, the team that Garrido led to win two titles –the Egyptian Super Cup and the CAF Confederation Cup, equivalent to the Europa League in Africa– in the 2014/15 season. “They were favorites, but in the first leg we managed to beat them 1-0. It was nice because of the unexpected and served the squad to realize that everything could change. On the return we lost, but Returning to Cairo was very special to me. I have fond memories of my time there“recalls Garrido, for whom the future had another surprise in store. “I hope to remember these days because it is the season in which I conquered the Champions of Africa”last_img

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