First of all, I think what happened is what always happens with him: he won. He always wins. He succeeds wherever he goes and it’s no different here. He has done an amazing job with us from the first day he arrived. I always remember everything he said during pre-season and the advice he gave us. Then during the season, the team kept growing and we had very few bad moments. The team kept improving in every match and, in the end, it all worked out.
For me it was winter, because I went home to Brazil. But it’s not as cold as it is here in Europe. Then I came to Spain and spent the rest of my holidays in Ibiza.
I’m very relaxed. There are periods of fun with friends and family, and there are periods of training. But it’s all planned; my personal trainer and I talked about it. He tells me to have fun until such a day, then we start training slowly so that I can be well prepared for pre-season.
We have a fitness test where you have to run on a treadmill with a mask and it’s a killer. But we just got on with it. That test is tough but it’s good. We’re feeling alright now but when you finish it, you don’t want to see anyone.
I don’t like to set targets. I don’t think that I’ll score X number of goals or assists. The only thing I think about is that I want to be better than I was last season; I want to play better in the next match than I played in the previous match. Those are my objectives.
I want to win it all over again here at Real. I have to get used to always winning.
I want to play in the Super Cup every year. To play in the Super Cup you need to have won the Champions League, and I want to win the Champions League every time. It’s going to be very special to me.
For sure. When we’re in a final, we forget about the name of the competition and we just want to win it. We’ll always go in to win it. That’s our team’s mindset.