Roma goalkeeper Pau Lopez gave an extensive interview today to AS while on national team duty with Spain. Here’s what the Giallorossi shot-stopper had to say:
Since you play abroad, is it even more exciting to join the national team?
A little, I miss playing where I always did, in La Liga. But I am very happy in Rome.
You played in the Liga, in the Premier League and in Serie A. Which is the best league?
Each has something good and different than the others. La Liga has been growing a lot in recent years, and it’s good for the crowds. In Italy, there are very competitive teams and in the Premier League the level is high. They are three of the best leagues in Europe.
They say that in Italy you train harder, in England you play faster and in Spain even better. Is this true?
It could be. In Rome, I have a Portuguese manager, Paulo Fonseca, who works hard. I learned a lot with Toni Jiménez during my time in England.
Did you lower your salary to play at Roma?
Other players have also done too but perhaps you just don’t know about it. I did it because I wanted to go to Italy, because I realised that it was the best thing for my career. I was very happy at Betis, my family was fine in Seville, but I think going to Roma is a step forward for my career.