Mendy Reviewed The Real Madrid News And analyzed Atalanta, Rival In The knockout Stages Of The Champions League :
“We have to be careful.
They have not come here for no reason. We know that it is a team that plays well and scores a lot of goals. It will be difficult and we think it will be a very good match. We will have to play the best we can to win”.
What makes the Champions League unique?
“In the Champions League you face the best teams from other Leagues. Even before playing my first game in the Champions League, you listen to music, even if it’s on television, and you get goose bumps. This competition is something else”.
What is it like to have Zidane as a coach?
“He is a legend and to be honest it is an honor to be trained by him. When you stand in front of him he gives off charisma. It’s good to see him and we’ve also talked about the French team. He has given me advice and I like to give my all in every game”.
How was your arrival at Real Madrid?
“When I arrived I knew what it would be like and that there were great players. At first you are shy and then you start meeting people and you learn how the group works. Now I am playing more, but I only think about taking advantage of the games they give me. That’s all. I wouldn’t say that I’m an undeniable first-team regular. It is also crazy and a milestone to go from almost leaving football to playing for Real Madrid”.
You have a story behind, since you went through difficult times in your youth …
“It’s a great story. I went through a difficult time, but it turned out well. I spent seven years at PSG, started with the U11 and got injured before entering the academy. I had arthritis in my hip and I had an infection, so I had to have surgery and was in the hospital for a long time. There I was in a cast for two or three months. When I was operated on, the doctor came to see me and told me that football was over for me. He even spoke of an amputation. I had to be in a wheelchair for a long time, later on crutches and then I had to learn to walk again”.
How were those moments?
“They took me from one place to another, but I thought I could walk again immediately. I tried, got out of the chair and fell down right away. There was no energy left in my legs because I hadn’t walked and my legs hadn’t moved in a long time. Despite this, I always thought that football was not over for me and I told everyone that I was going to come back. Most people thought it was impossible, but I learned to walk again and played with pain in my hip for about a year and a half. The first year I played in Ligue 2 I was named the best winger in the competition. The same thing happened in Lyon. I was named the best left back two years in a row. So honestly I have done well”.
How did you feel when you made your debut with the national team?
“I was happy. He was not afraid to get there. I did not go up to the youth category and went straight to the senior team. They called me to replace an injured player. You can say that I was shy at first, but I joined the team very quickly. Everyone talks to everyone and they welcomed me and other new players with open arms. In addition, you learn a lot by training and playing with footballers like that and that makes you improve as a player”.