Lorenzo Gonzalez Interview – “I want to be the best player.”
Posted by Featured Articles | Published on September 11, 2016
I got the opportunity to speak with Manchester City academy player and Switzerland international Lorenzo Gonzalez, on his targets and aims in the future, the arrival of Pep Guardiola and the players he looked up to during his childhood and to this day onwards.
Whilst talking to the 16-year-old nothing but maturity and professionalism came from him, he is extremely ambitious and trusts his own ability to succeed at the Etihad in front of thousands of fans. After recently arriving at the blue side of Manchester with impressive performances for Servette he caught the eye from many scouts across the globe and saw his future elsewhere.
Lorenzo was part of the Servette youth system and was attracting heaps of attention around Europe, with fierce rivals Manchester United and Real Madrid keen on the youngster. He admitted the rumours were true about the reported approach from Europe’s elite and said:
“There was interest from these two clubs that’s correct, but the interest from Manchester City was much stronger.”
The forward has represented his national side Switzerland at under 16 level, as he’s very proud of this achievement and extremely happy to play and score for his country.
He described himself as small, quick and very powerful, with these elements heavily influenced towards his game and has developed many comparisons to current City striker Sergio Aguero. During his childhood he looked up to the Argentine and added:
“I have a lot of players who I aspire to be like and also inspired me, Carlos Tevez and Sergio Aguero come to mind as they play quite like me. They are small strikers but very powerful, also Cristiano Ronaldo is an example of hard work and dedication.”
Taking into consideration, being just sixteen years of age and attracting attention from superior clubs like Real Madrid must be quite surreal, even the Red Devils attempted to acquire his signature and lure the striker to Old Trafford, as he thought it wasn’t a hard decision to join up with Pep Guardiola and Manchester City.
The youth academy at the Blues was a key factor in joining and thinks they can provide him guidance to become an improved player. I asked what makes Manchester City different to any other youth academy for player development, as Lorenzo had high praise in his answer:
“I think City has the best facilities in the world and some great young players. We work harder than any other team and try to show that on the pitch. I have great ambition and Manchester City can afford me all I need to progress.”
He see’s his future in Manchester and wants to prove himself in years to come. Obviously, there is great potential surrounded by this prospect, as Gonzalez already briefly spoke about his ambition during this interview but elaborated on his main aims and goals in the future quickly after:
“I set myself a lot of goals in the future, I want to go to the first team as quick as possible, be very successful and win many trophies with Manchester City and my national team. I also want to be the best player on the pitch and prove this by winning many individual trophies.”
Pep Guardiola is arguably one of the most successful managers of our generation, winning several trophies at Barcelona and Bayern Munich during his time there. He is already implementing his philosophy into his new club after winning all four of their opening games in the Premier League, proving his critics wrong once again.
Many doubted Pep’s capability to succeed in the ‘hardest league in world football’ as he’s been rightfully criticised for taking the easy option with Bayern and Barca, with small levels of competition in both leagues.
When the interview was coming to an end, I was curious if the arrival of Pep Guardiola was influential on his decision joining, with the Swiss being extremely impressed with the Spaniard tactician and pleased about his faith in young players:
“Yes, he is a great coach and everybody knows that. He gives an opportunity to young players like me to play in the first team.”
You can see this currently with Kelechi Iheanacho, with the 19-year-old participating in a flurry of games and bagged a goal in the Manchester derby, separating the two sides which made City triumphant and gained bragging rights over their rivals.
Lorenzo Gonzalez is currently in Manchester City’s youth academy, I thoroughly wish him the best in his future and appreciate the time he spent answering my questions, he has a bright career ahead of him and I’m extremely confident he will fulfill his potential and prolong his career at City.