Javier having a ball
Revista de la Liga caught up with Manchester City's Spanish fullback, Javier Garrido.
Last Updated: 06/12/07 9:19am
Manchester City's Spanish fullback, Javier Garrido spoke to Revista de la Liga about life in the Premier League.
The 22-year-old became one of Sven-Goran Erikson's first signings in the summer when he was brought in from Real Sociedad for £1.5 million, becoming the first Basque player to play for Man City.
With City having made an unexpected flying start in the Premier League, how is life under Sven treating him?
"He's a manager who likes to be in regular contact with his players," said Garrido.
"He's always asking how we are and how we feel about things - I think that's important in a manager."
With City largely written off by Britain's press at the beginning of the season due to the new manager bringing in a whole host of new players, why are things going so well at the City of Manchester Stadium at the moment?
"There have been a lot of changes at the club and when that happens things go one of two ways: they either go very well as happened with us, or they go very badly."
Garrido still keeps a close eye on what is happening back home in la Liga and although his former club were relegated from Spain's top tier last season.
But Garrido has been impressed with another Basque club.
"I expect a lot from Zaragoza but of course there will be moments where they find it hard, but it's a team that over the last few years has made some good signings and I think now they have one of the best squads in the league.
"If things do come together and the players they have do get used to each other and the style of play of the team, I'm sure that they will be there or thereabouts at the end of the season.
"They may not be as dangerous as Valencia but they are a team with great potential who I believe can mount a serious challenge.
"I think that Villarreal are a strong side at the moment despite the fact that at the weekend theye didnt get the result that they wanted.
"In la Liga there will always be the big two that are always up there fighting for the title. And there are usually one or two teams that will push them all the way to the end.
"It goes without saying that Real Madrid and Barcelona will always be up there and in recent years Valencia have put up a good fight, but it seems as though they have not yet made the complete step up."