Rubén Baraja: ‘It is an exciting challenge’

Ruben Baraja, new coach of the Real Zaragoza, has described as an “exciting challenge” to lead the Aragonese team with the clear objective of returning to the First Division, after accumulating eight consecutive seasons in the silver category.

Baraja trusts that his work will lead to “success” at a club that both he and his coaching staff come to “with great enthusiasm, great hunger, energy and enthusiasm” and which is also “a historic club”.

“Real Zaragoza represents a lot in Spanish football, not only in the Second Division”, the Valladolid man insisted in the telematic press conference that he offered in his presentation as a new coach from the La Romareda press room.

The starting point with which he plans to plan the matches will be a 4-4-2 that “may vary due to different details”, while he plans to achieve “a solid, strong and competitive team” in which he will try to take advantage of “all football records to be complete. “

The Valladolid coach has ensured that he starts with “a good base” of the squad in which he will try to reinforce the “offensive” part, which is where the least effective is available, although depending on the offers for exits and entrances it may undergo some changes but the goal they set is “to get promoted.”

Baraja has directed Elche, Rayo Vallecano and Sporting Gijón, before joining CD Tenerife last season, where he carried out a great final stretch of the season.

During his time as a footballer, he played for Real Valladolid, Atlético de Madrid and Valencia and was international on 43 occasions.

He advocates turning the page and praises the work of Víctor Fernández

After leading his first training session with the part of the squad that has already started to work, Baraja explained that from his position what he tries to do is “motivate and demand the players on a day-to-day basis”, although in this peculiar summer He has also recognized that they will have to adapt to the state in which the players arrive after a few days of rest, which is “the most important”.

What Baraja wants is to definitively close the page of the season just concluded because “the competition begins right away and we cannot allow ourselves to think about what happened. There is no time to complain, although Víctor Fernández’s work has been very good despite the difficulties”.

Regarding the options that the quarry players can have in their project, in addition to serving to mitigate the financial shortcomings of the club, the already white coach has explained that in the clubs he has passed through, he has given opportunities to 18-year-olds years but, he clarified, “you have to be brave to put them on and give them continuity.” It has also had an impact on the youth players having to “give them their moments and their spaces”.