Everyone knows how Dario Essugo made his first appearance for Sporting in the 2020/21 season with a narrow victory (1: 0) over W. Guimaraes in Alvalade, but now a little more is known about the 17-year-old midfielder. the radar of Ruben Amorim entered. In a panel that featured Thomas Morais (Director of Sporting Education), Dario Essugo and Carlos Fernandez (assistant in the main team) on the sidelines of the 20th anniversary of the Sports Academy, the 37-year-old gathered his right hand. remembered history to be an example of what thought is in Alcochet. “When we’re at the Academy on internship day, we spend the day here and we’re used to watching youth games. Ruben used to watch an exercise for young people under 17 and he told us, ‘I fasted, baby. the boss there, angry, technically strong … “I knew Daria from another age, but I was far from imagining that Reuben wanted to call him. He called a day after the weekend game. Sometimes This is the connection. The coaching staff intends to talk every day with the people of the “B” team, up to 19 years old, up to 17 years old … We have informal conversations and we are always one of the coaches of the senior team who supervises youth games. watch. Be present. and actively pay attention, ”said Carlos Fernandez. Essugo, moreover, seems to remember that day yesterday, emphasizing the importance of the good path in the formation of Alvalade. “I was having lunch with my family, I got a call to train for the first team. I got nervous right away and that night I was already asleep thinking what was going to happen. I was really nervous. It was a dream. One day I was I could train and play … They gave me the equipment, I went there for training and everyone welcomed me. Perfect. It took a lot to make up for it. I felt the difference in speed. Overall, the work went well and everyone welcomed me, “points the young midfielder, who regularly trains with the first team and guides his career at the Academy:” I’m proud, that I represent my club. The first team. It motivates us to give even more. There are a lot of conversations every day. Just by seeing that training network by a professional, I dreamed of being there. That side one day. Children dream, k and one day they can get there. “
The expectation, according to Carlos Fernandez, should be carefully managed and addressed to various examples in the players ’careers. “At the Academy, especially for Ruben, who is an open coach and against all age prejudices. The quality and potential to reach the first team. See if he is ready now or at another time. Everyone dreams of reaching the first team. it’s up to us to filter it. Not everyone collects it there, but we have to treat everyone equally. Because of their quality some come, others may come later or to another club. We use players who are one. part of the history of the Academy. Dario, for example, joined the Academy at the age of 8, he is 16/17 years old at the Academy and this is the history of the Academy. Players like Dario help us, ”he said.
Moreover, Amorim’s assistant was clear when analyzing the first team’s mindset. “We call a lot of players and I want to say a word of thanks for the patience of the team’s coaches. Evolution goes through a lot of daily monitoring. And the way adults integrate with new players. It’s very important that everyone feels. Part of something. The same opportunity. be, that’s the key. Mr. Ruben wants everyone to understand that, ”he said.
Commenting on the work of the Sporting team, Thomas Morais stressed that everything is carefully prepared. “We don’t have two different ways of looking at a player. The whole structure has to have this idea: to manage expectations well, the player needs to know where he is, his level, where he needs to work and that’s it. there is no end. When you leave here, you are a sports player. There is no time in the sport. It must be done immediately, the next day. We are a very simple thing, easy to communicate and We wanted to focus on the teams keep or think about Sporting’s DNA and the players? Exercise and then if it’s good, we can win on the weekends.Sporting has a responsibility to win, but that doesn’t mean we have to stop competing on the weekends When we feel that there is a model that unites them, a formal and competitive assessment, the player is our focus, ”he said clearly.
Thomas Morais speculated that seeing “so many players of the formation” in the 2020/21 title is “great happiness” and guarantees that the “philosophy” and “values” advocated by President Frederico Varandas have led to such a conclusion. The helping hand is guaranteed to the director of the education department. “We work every day to serve Team A. I see the sport model like that. I’m glad Sporting believes in it and gives that strength to the way we exist. A strategic plan has been drawn up. We all have to work.” It’s very close. It’s a step to stay in team A. Our job is to support, ”he said.