Barca Femeni coach sheds light on 2019-20 goals and expectations
- Luis Cortes took over Barca's women team last season and helped reach the Champions League final.
- The coach reveals there's much pressure on them to win the league.
Luis Cortes, Barca's Femeni coach, recently sat down to an exclusive interview with Diario Sport. He opened up on the challenges ahead and the pressure from last year's success. Barca's women team missed out on La Liga but reached the Champions League final, which was considered a great achievement, as Cortes took over the team only midway through the season:
The team's strengthened. Is this Barca best ever squad?
"For me, yes, because it's the one I have. It's the squad we wanted and the one we asked for. The club made a huge effort to put this squad together, the singings are the ones we wanted and I think we've been successful in that sense. We've also been able to promote some players from the youth teams, which is good because it gives meaning to the way we play and the work we're doing. The feeling is we have a complete squad with a lot of competition."
Considering all that, will you win La Liga this season?
"We're going to try. I don't know if we will win it or not, but I'm here to try. If you look at last season, Atletico won 28 games. It's something we didn't predict, but it can happen. And if a team win 28 games (out of 30), it makes things difficult. But of course we will give our all. We will try not to make the same mistakes as we have done in recent years."
Do you feel more pressure than ever to win La Liga?
"More than pressure, we have a responsibility, but no one said playing -- or in my case coaching -- for Barçc was easy. I think this club lives with that responsibility: not just playing well, but you try and win transmitting values and a certain style. That's what it means to be at Barca.
"Maybe there are players that aren't ready. Maybe there are coaches that aren't ready. At the end of the day, more than pressure, that's what you have when performing a life saving operation, it's responsibility. I think that all of us who like football desire that responsibility."
Champions League finalists last year, but Juventus is a tough draw for the first round this season...
"Juve are a good rival and I think in terms of the interest it's positive because it is an attractive fixture for everyone. But of the teams that weren't seeded, along with Arsenal, they're one of the teams we would have liked to have avoided. We know they will be tough to beat, but we have a chance to get through the tie. We have to focus on ourselves, play well and know how to manage the two legs."