The possession of the ball is the main key also in the women team
"The model we apply is the same as there is in male formative football. The idea is the same. We want to control the ball, to have possession and to be protagonists. When I was 17 years old with the boys, and only trained at FC Barcelona, my idea was very clear", Llorens confesses in the same line.
Despite the similarities of the model, the identity, the game philosophy, the exercises in training, the players want to distance themselves from possible comparisons. "The style and philosophy are the same. But you do not play the same for a matter of characteristics: we do not have the same strength and speed as the boys. The mistake is when you compare male and female football", says Laura Ráfols who was Barça’s goalkeeper for a while. For Llorens, the big difference is that "children are born with football in their heads, and girls are not. You see that when they are little, because the girls start to have a good base later on. Now it is changing. Technical concepts evolve later in girls because of that innate deficiency. And then evidently the physical component, which is not even comparable. Normally, the concepts are assimilated before the boys because they spend the day watching football, although the girls increasingly watch more football and those little details are very important".
However, the players are aware that to be at the highest level, it is essential to evolve in all factors, especially in the physical. "If you look at the best women's football matches of the highest level, there are players who, in addition to quality, are very well physically and are endowed with strength and power. You must work on these aspects if you want to go far, because sometimes with quality is not enough for you. It is evident that men have physical qualities that we, women, do not have. We must maximize, but within the scope that allows our body. It would be important to improve the speed of the game, that is, make the ball move faster. I think it is difficult because it is also linked to our physique, since the movements are slower, the power or force with which you kick is not the same as that of men, among other aspects. But step by step all this will evolve ", explains Aitana Bonmatí.