THE BALL – José Gomes and the crucial role in the ‘bounce’ of Emiliano Martínez (Argentina)

Goalkeeper Emiliano Martínez, proprietor of Argentina’s purpose, highlighted in the 2022 World Cup quarter-final match towards Holland, as he shone in the penalty shootout, is one of the figures of albiceleste and the race that takes place in Qatar.

But it wasn’t all the time like that. Signed by Englishmen Arsenal in 2016, at Independiente, aged simply 16, the tutor went via, with out success, Oxford United, Sheffield Wednesday, Rotherham, Wolverhampton and Getafe, till every thing modified in 2019, when he transferred again to Reading. then coached by Portuguese coach José Gomes.

According to the goalkeeper, his time at Reading, below the Portuguese coach, is unforgettable: “It was the place I grew up and the place I loved enjoying the most.” And he has causes for this, as a result of, as José Gomes himself defined in an interview with the Spanish sports activities newspaper AT, by no means had doubts about his actual worth: “Emiliano felt the coach’s whole confidence in his work. I felt, in each dialog, that there was absolute belief in him, to grasp what was being requested of him, to permit him to satisfy his potential as a goalkeeper and ship the finest that was inside him. It was about letting him make the most of his potential.”

José Gomes doesn’t spare reward for the Argentine goalkeeper, at present at the service of Aston Villa: “He could be very centered on the household, organized and accountable. He was all the time one of the first to reach at coaching. I preferred speaking to him as a result of he understood intelligence and seriousness, he all the time seemed for the finest for the group and he helped me lots to convey this message of ambition to the relaxation of the gamers. He was a born employee, one of those that all the time need extra and extra in each coaching session”.

The Portuguese coach has additionally defined the growth of some ‘hidden’ qualities in Emiliano Martínez: “For instance, Emiliano had by no means labored a lot along with his ft, however he knew it very properly. Perhaps a doubt got here to him, and it was this confidence to encourage him to do it and belief in his technical high quality that made him really feel sturdy in this side as properly. He realized and his teammates knew that if the ball got here again, Emiliano was dependable and we may very well be calm. He exuded confidence. Also, he was highly effective when taking crosses and excellent one-on-one. The confidence all of us had in him on a technical stage was transferred to the private facet. A severe and sincere man.”

Regarding the crosses, José Gomes clarified: “In British soccer, extra contact is allowed and for goalkeepers there are lots of facilities to work with. He should be sturdy in the heights, withstanding bodily confrontations with centre-backs and heavy forwards. It takes braveness to come back out. At the World Cups I’ve seen him as I’ve all the time seen him, that’s to say, sober and chilly, conscious of what he has to do. With nice monitoring of the recreation, even when the ball is in the opponent’s purpose, Emiliano might be seen speaking to his teammates to assist them. I see him even stronger and extra constant. He was already an important goalkeeper when he arrived at Reading, we gave him confidence and now he’s maturing. He has the high quality to play with any group in the world.”

It is recalled that, in 2020, Arsenal bought Emiliano Martínez to Aston Villa for 21.5 million euros, which made him the most costly goalkeeper in the historical past of Argentine soccer. Martínez made a right away affect at the Birmingham membership and just lately shone towards Holland in the penalty shoot-out, which additionally explains José Gomes: for instance, in the final ten penalties. But the determination will all the time be made by the goalkeeper and, in the finish, what counts is the studying he makes. Penalties are like a recreation of poker. Emiliano gesticulates, deceives, pretends and then has an important coldness and studying”.


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