Former Roma and current Boca Juniors midfielder Daniele De Rossi gave an extensive interview today to Fox Sports Argentina. These are his words:
On his first days at Boca.
I’ll never forget how I was welcome in the dressing room. I wanted to feel as happy as I was at Roma, and Boca was the answer to this. Samuel and Burdisso have taught me the bad words to avoid on the pitch. I feel happy here, but the most important thing is winning.
The debut at the Bombonera.
It was something special, magical – something I’ve always dreamed of. When I play, though, I’ve got to put the emotions aside.
You haven’t received special treatment.
No, I don’t want to do anything different from my teammates. If they’ve got to run 50 metres, then I will do the same. I didn’t like all of the media attention around my decision, but it was my choice and my decision and I understood it, but now let’s start thinking about Boca. I’m still trying to find the right physical condition, but above all – I’ve got to learn how my teammates play.
Thoughts on the football in Argentina.
I’ve adapted well, my style of play is a bit physical, I am not afraid to seek contact with opponents. Argentina’s football focuses heavily on the physical plane, we run a lot and there are so many talented players, just like in Europe. They told me that Argentine football was very physical, even though I got a booking in my first match (laughs.)
What about the welcome you received.
Even supporters of other teams stop me on the street, the River Plate supporters even seem to respect me. I need time to learn all of the aspects of Argentine football, however.