Lucas Aveldaño: “La U is the biggest club in Chile, it may be easier to get out of this moment”

Lucas Aveldaño was in 2019 at the University of Chile. The former defender did not manage to play the entire season, as a result of the end of the National Championship due to the social outbreak, which also prevented him from continuing in the club. He had to complete a quota of games played for the automatic renewal of the contract and after October he no longer played in the country. Today, the Argentine resides in Mallorca, Spain, where he is dedicated to the gastronomic guild (he has three restaurants), and spoke with AS to analyze the current status of the blue box.

“I follow what happens with the club. I am a friend of Mati (Matías) Rodríguez and he has a great love for the team. I am grateful, I loved playing in the U and I would have liked to continue. Obviously I follow the club, on the Internet, on social networks I am very aware of everything. When I arrived I had already come from a complicated previous year, these are sporting and political moments that occur. It’s hard to get out of that wheel,” he said. Aveldaño, who after passing through the U acted another season in Chile with the Iquique shirt.

“It becomes easier when sports work. Sometimes that covers the political, we live in a result-driven football and many things happen there. In the U now it does not accompany the sports and less the other side, the political, and it is in that circle that cannot leave. But it is a huge club, the biggest in Chile, and that is why it can obviously be easier to get out of this moment. It is in that circle there that year after year things are repeated. At some point everything can change, overnight. We know that football is like that and we hope it will be soon”, pointed out the former Argentine central.

Aveldaño in his time at the U.

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Aveldaño in his time at the U. DRAGOMIR YANKOVIC/PHOTOSPORT

“With Mati (Rodríguez) we are partners and we are in contact a lot. He comes and tells me ‘hey, did you see the last thing that happened with the U’ and then I start to see. I see how the team did, how the games ended, what the result was. I found out what happened on the last date of the last championship and then I started to watch the game. It was incredible,” Aveldaño also added.

– The U lost the Clásico Universitario and people believe that the same thing will happen as last year?

– Yes, well… in times of pressure, sometimes these clubs are not used, more than the whole player, to great pressure. Being down there with a club like this is a huge responsibility and obviously nobody wants to be there. These are difficult times and that is when the fan has to be the most, to encourage no matter how difficult it becomes. I who lived it from outside, would do it that way. Later, when the match is over, if you want to insult how the match ended, that’s fine. We as players, we notice everything and you miss a pass and you feel the murmur. In the end, football is very psychological, but it is difficult to be in a situation like this for the footballer and for the fan.

– What evaluation do you make of your time at the U?

– I came from Europe, which is obviously different from South America. I always say that the player from there adapts very quickly to this football, but for the European it is very difficult to adapt to our continent. For example, there is the issue of the courts. Here they are all the same, with short grass, with water and the ball runs. There are courts that have long grass, they wet it, in other courts they cut it and leave it dry. The ball doesn’t roll and then you have to adapt. There is also the issue of height, I knew that in the year it was going to cost me some little things and more. In addition, the club theme was as it was, a bit like now, they were changing the president, things were happening that did not help on a day-to-day basis. But with the people from the club and the coaching staff they made me feel very good. It is a club that has everything to be a big team, the sports city is spectacular. I think that any player dreams of playing there when they are young. I would have liked to continue another year, but it was not possible.

– Of course, because the National Championship was over and there were no more games. So, he was unable to complete the quota of games for his contract renewal.

– In fact, I could have continued, but after the social outbreak I had a quota of games to play there, but it was not possible. If not, I would have done it. However, everything happens for a reason, I think that way. I am grateful to the U and also to its people. In my career, the U is among the best teams I’ve played for.

The former blue defender today lives in Mallorca, Spain.

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The former blue defender today lives in Mallorca, Spain.

– There are times when you think again about what would have happened if those games were played that were not played in the end.

– No, not anymore. It was a time, a few weeks, a month or two. You had to turn the page and look forward no more. Don’t get stuck, life goes on.

– How do you think it went in Iquique?

– It was a difficult situation, we were there for two months and the pandemic started. Then it seems to me that it was the city that was most locked up in the world (laughs). We were at home for four months and then we started going out because of football. But my family was locked up all year, almost until December. It was 9 months. It became complicated, we could enjoy very little.

– Sure, it was in a pandemic context, but he had to live the reality of playing in a provincial team in Chile. How about that experience?

– They treated me well, people are changing. The people of Spain are not the same as in Argentina, for example. We had started very low with the theme of the average just that year. I think we could have been saved, the last one there was a half dark hand, but I keep it to myself. When there are injustices… There was a local game with Colo Colo in which we felt things that shouldn’t have happened. We were very strong in the head, we knew that we were going to save ourselves, but when there are external things that prevent you, it becomes uphill and it is very difficult.

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