PHOTOS: Valencia CF
Mandy van den Berg interview on Women’s Soccer United.
Mandy van den Berg: “Moving to Valencia was the best thing I’ve done!”
Captain of the Netherlands squad when it triumphed in such style on home soil at the UEFA Women’s EURO 2017, we caught up with Valencia CF defender Mandy van den Berg for a full and frank interview on the bittersweet nature of that WEURO success; adapting to life in the Liga Iberdrola; the loss through injury of Valencia talisman Paula Nicart; and the Oranjevrouwen’s chances at this year’s FIFA Women’s World Cup.
Women’s Soccer United: So, it’s been just over a year since you joined Valencia CF. How have you settled into life in the city and at the club? What are your thoughts on the club’s Liga performance so far?
Mandy van den Berg: : I arrived mid-season [from Reading FC in the 2017/18 winter transfer window], with the team already settled, but from moment I arrived felt so warmly welcomed, both in terms of the club, the staff, the other players and the weather of course! I have to say that Spain is not the most difficult country to adapt to, in terms of the lifestyle, the people and the climate [laughs].
In La Liga we’ve just come out of a very difficult patch [Editor’s note: Valencia went seven Liga matches without a win in December and early January], when the results were not what we wanted them to be. It seemed like in every game something else major was going wrong, but we’ve managed to turn that pressure into a positive now [Editor’s note: at time of writing, Valencia were unbeaten in six games, winning three of them].
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