Interview with Damien Comolli (part 2)
Last week, we published the first part of our interview with former Liverpool and Tottenham director of football Damien Comolli. This week we publish part 2, in which Comolli talks about scouting in Mexico, player development and Giovani Dos Santos.
Comolli's answers provide a fascinating perspective from a man who has spent hundreds of millions of dollars in the European transfer market.
Q: Are there any particular players you think are ready to make the jump to Europe?
A: It's difficult for me to mention exactly which players we were following. The confidentiality clause is still there. I'm just giving some general names of players I like as Damien Comolli and not [as a former representative of] Liverpool. I think the three I've mentioned [Diego Reyes, Carlos Fierro, Marco Antonio Bueno] have got big, big talent. There are probably others. [Hector] Herrera is a very good player, as well. What always amazed me is that when I used to live in Mexico at the end of the '80s in '87-'88, I could see this country of 120 million and everybody was playing football. And I always wondered why there were not more Mexican players in all the top teams in Europe. As I said, if you go back to 2005, it was the first time that any Mexican team won on the world stage. I think it just takes time. But you can feel there is something there. You can definitely feel the potential of both quantity and quality. I expect more and more players to come and be successful.
Q: What is the best way for a European team to scout in Mexico?