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Q&A WITH DOMINGOS DUARTE

08 Feb 2019
Domingos Duarte conceded an interview to La Voz de Galicia, the centre-back talked of his adaptation to Deportivo, his life and how he leaves football.

Q: How is it possible to form, together with Pablo MarŪ, the best couple of centre-backs of Segunda?
A: Do you really think we're the best couple of centre-backs?

Q: You are not?
A: I donít know. What I do know is that we are doing things very well. And I am very comfortable with him. Itís phenomenal, both on and off the field. I started playing with Eneko, and let very well; I also played a game with Somma, and I was fine... Everyone has a lot of quality and I am comfortable with them.

Q: What does MarŪ bring?
A: Security. A lot of security. I know that, if I give him the ball, he will always move on clean. I want to believe that he thinks about me too [he laughs]. And it also brings me friendship. When you are comfortable with a person in the field then itís easier. I'm not saying it's fundamental, you can have a great mate in the game, and then not understand you outside the field. But I think it's a plus. In this case it is fulfilled, because, although I am not talking a lot inside the changing room, because it isnít my language, I feel fine with him. Well, against Sporting not so much, but itís impossible to be good every game.

Q: Pretty good speaking for the little time you are playing here. How did you do it?
A: Well, in part, thanks to Quique, who at first spoke to me as if we were Indians. And he kept repeating things slowly. Before coming to Spain, as a joke, I spoke with Ricardo Vaz.

Q: The one who played in Reus, who gave you the nickname of Minguinhos.
A: Yes. It is a pity what happened, because heís a person who deserves everything. Itís incredible and unfair that, for someone who has mismanaged a club, so many people have lost their jobs.

Q: It's the other side of football, the one that you donít see so much.
A: You are right. When you get to the elite everything is very beautiful. But sometimes things like this happen. And before reaching the top, other colleagues lived complicated situations. You have to spend a lot of time for success to call you.

Q: Are you one of those who acts as a player 24 hours a day?
A: Yes, because I donít like to party. If we achieve an important victory, well itís good to celebrate it. But not as routine. I also donít like to go down to dinner for the week. I prefer to do my little things at home. A fillet of Galician chicken or cow, some pasta, rice, salad...

Q: As a Portuguese, you should also dominate the Ďbacalhauí. What is your specialty?
A: No way. I'm very far from that [he laughs]. Simpler things. In addition, the bacalhau would have to carry, for example, cream. And that isnít so healthy anymore.

Q: Are you very strict with food, folds and so on?
A: Yes. I am very strict. Not in the sense of weighing the food and those things. I do it by eye. But checking at all times what I put on the plate. A part of proteins, another of hydrates, vegetables... If, for example, I take cream, I donít need vegetables anymore...

Q: Do you have a personal nutritionist and personal coach?
A: No nutritionist. I have had a plan for two years, which was given to me at Sporting and that continues to be good for me. Personal trainer, yes. I think itís essential to have a good preparation. But I'm not going just for doing it. Everything is scheduled and known by the physical coach of Deportivo. I do it as a complement to the daily work I do in Abegondo. If I am well, the team benefits.

Q: Are you one of those who compete with your team mates when measuring pleats?
A: [He laughs] No. I leave that to Pablo and Dani, who are always with that competition. Before, Gerard ValentŪn joined them, but as he left for Lugo, they were left alone.

Q: You came as a defender, but your goals have already given enough points.
A: You have to do something different to be able to tell the grandchildren [more laughter]. I have to mark the fifth, which took a long time. I want to do it to show the little hand.

Q: How many have you proposed to score?
A: No, no. No. I'm not going to tell you. If I get it, I'll tell you.

Q: Superstitious?
A: Yes. A little. But, well, I was more before. Now I believe more in daily work, although I do have some hobbies and superstitions.

Q: For example?
A; In all the games, I enter in the field stepping three times with the right foot, giving a little jump. I put on the shin guards after the warm-up... I donít know. Normal things.

Q: Hobbies?
A: Now, I walk a lot through the city. Before I stayed more at home, but I missed the family a lot. And so, walking I feel entertained. Then I love to travel. But donít travel purely as a tourist, but to know the real places. See the customs of the town and their people.

Q: Are you a believer?
A: Yes [he shows a medal hanging around his neck]. I even train every day with this. I donít believe there, in plan, such, but I do believe. My family is believer. My grandmother was very much. On my father's side, the same. And I like it too. You have to know that if we exist it's because of something... I donít know if we come from the monkey or what. But good.

Q: When did you realize that you could be a footballer?
A: I was 14 or 15 when a coach that I had, Antonio Carlos Prazeres, began to demand a lot. And with so much demand I was improving. He told me I could get there... I always liked football a lot. As a child I went with my father and my grandfather to watch Sporting.

Q: And you managed to wear that shirt.
A: The pity is that my grandfather could not see it. It would have been spectacular for him.

Q: Do you remember him when you score?
A: I remember him many times. But, specifically, but not when I score. It's such a big euphoria that I donít think about anyone. Even my girlfriend tells me that I have to dedicate some goals, but I'm so happy when I score that I donít remember anyone.

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