In a press conference in which Clarín participated, the Bayer Leverkusen forward highlighted his great present: he has seven goals in the Bundesliga and three in the Europa League.
The suspension of sports competitions around the world, as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, ended several months ago. However, several of the protocols are maintained and are those that allow, among other things, that Clarion can be present virtually in Leverkusen, Germany, where Lucas Alario gave a special press conference.
The Bayer Leverkusen forward is experiencing one of the best moments of his career as a footballer. At the start of the Bundesliga, he has scored seven goals and is only behind two world-renowned stars such as Robert Lewandowski (11) of Bayern Munich and Erling Haaland (10) of Borussia Dortmund. In addition, he accumulates three goals in the first three dates of the Europa League. In that sense, he already equaled the amount of touchdowns from all of last season.
“It’s my best moment since I’ve been in Europe. I feel good footballingly and physically. I hope I can continue on this path,” Alario said at the conference that was held through the Zoom digital platform.
On the other hand, they also have a great collective presence: Leverkusen is third in the local championship, just one point behind leaders Bayern Munich, and won the last five dates. “We are all together and focused on the idea that we raised. We all pushed forward, not only the eleven starters who come out onto the field, but also those who are outside,” he remarked.
Although now the world seems to smile at him, a few months ago the story was not like that. The former Colón from Santa Fe and River had to go through a tough period of adaptation in German soccer. But over time he managed to acclimate in the best way and now he is one of the undisputed starters of the team.
In that sense, Alario himself explained how he managed to reverse the situation and increase his prominence in the squad: “First of all, I tried to capture what the coach (Peter Bosz) asked me and take that to the field of play to perform from the Better way. Capturing the DT’s idea was the most important thing, and then being able to give the team what they needed. “
“It is also true,” he added, “that last season I had a competition for the position with Kevin Volland (now in Monaco), that he was in a great moment and did not deserve to leave. Therefore, I had to continue training, waiting for my moment and be ready to take advantage of it when it arrives, “he added.
Also, even though he still has a year and a half of contract with Leverkusen, did not rule out a possible jump to another of the major leagues in Europe: “I am happy and comfortable, but this is football and everything changes very quickly. I always try to live in the present and when the time comes to analyze an offer, if it comes, I will focus on that. But now I focus on the present.”
On the other hand, although his great present leads him to get excited about adding minutes in the National Team, the Pipe he is aware that there are Argentine forwards of the first level and that it is not easy to win a place: “Who are you going to take out? It is logical that he is a substitute. Anyway, I enjoy being called up because I am proud to wear that shirt. If I have to enter, I will try to do it in the best way and if not, I will support from outside, as I have always done. “
In the team led by Lionel Scaloni, the main competitor he has is Lautaro Martínez, who is at a superlative level, both in the Albiceleste team and in Inter Italia. But Pipe believes that they could complement each other: “I will always tell you that I can play alongside Lautaro. We even played a game together with Lautaro (friendly against Germany in Dortmund, on October 9, 2019). He is a different player from me, although with some similarities: he plays very well on his back and tries to be the first to get the ball back. The time I had to play alongside Lautaro I felt very comfortable, but hey … It doesn’t happen through the decision of one, there is a technical director “.
On the last double date of the South American Qualifiers heading to the Qatar 2022 World Cup, he entered in place of Rodrigo De Paul at 38 minutes of the second half against Paraguay and, in the match against Peru, he remained in the substitutes’ bench.
On that National Team tour, Alario witnessed how Exequiel Palacios, his teammate in Leverkusen, was injured against the team led by Eduardo Berizzo after receiving a flying knee from Ángel Romero that produced a transverse apophysis fracture.
Since the arrival of the 22-year-old midfielder in Germany, both have strengthened a great relationship that had already begun to take shape in River, under the tutelage of Marcelo Gallardo. “We help each other. He supports me on various issues and I do the same with him. In addition, at the club we try to make him feel as comfortable as possible, because I’ve already gone through it and I know it’s not easy,” explained the scorer .