Shortly before beginning the season in Segunda Division, Toril spoke of the challenges the Whites reserve team will face this season: “It's a very beautiful competition and it's very demanding. It will be a complicated start, in a new category, but we're going to try to do as well as possible, knowing that we have to adapt. We have very young players and it's a long competition. We'll improve little by little”.
It won't be a soft landing. Your first game is against Villarreal, then there's Barcelona B, Almería...
The start is complicated but you have to play against all the teams. I think it's better to play against the tough teams in the category at the beginning because they haven't adapted yet, they're less prepared, and we'll have more chances.
What does it mean for such young players to play in Segunda Division and visit pitches such as El Sardinero or El Molinón?
It's a great showcase for them, to evolve, become better players, be closer to the first team and the First Division, which is one of the players' objectives.
What is Real Madrid Castilla expecting this year?
We have high-quality players and we hope to play offensive football with lots of scoring opportunities and goals. It's a very beautiful competition and its very demanding. It will be a complicated start, in a new category, but we're going to try to do as well as possible, knowing that we have to adapt. We have very young players and it's a long competition. We'll improve little by little.
Is there excitement?
Yes, the Segunda Division is very beautiful, with First Division fields, lots of fans, television... it's a very attractive competition.
What does being in the Segunda Division mean for the coaching staff?
The same as for the players. It's a new category, unknown and with very good rivals. Our objective is to face each match with great excitement, convinced that we can win, and we'll see how far we can get.
How is this category different with respect to Segunda B?
There are veteran players who are very prepared tactically and it's going to be complicated, above all in the away matches. It's going to be tough to adapt, but we hope to start winning games little by little.
Last season's team had a lot of support from the fans, what would you say about this year's team?
The objective is different, there's greater difficulty, there will be great moments and others not so great, but we're always going to go out to win and to earn the three points. The competition itself and the boys' development will dictate how far we can get.
How has this pre-season been?
Complicated, like that of all the reserve teams, as we can't have the entire group together for the whole month. We also know that as the season advances we'll have everyone and it will be easier to start to work.
The fact that some players have worked with the first team also has its advantages...
Yes, the pace is greater and they arrive with that extra spark. We hope that those players give us an advantage to win matches.
Castilla has finished the pre-season undefeated...
The Segunda Division is a complicated category with well prepared veteran players. We're a young team and we have to adapt. The pre-season has given us the chance to go up against seasoned rivals.
You now have your sights on the whole youth academy owing to the fact that you're the coordinator...
It's a new position. The club thinks that we can help in that respect and the job entails coordinating the field work, training, being with the coaches on a daily basis and setting the agenda. With the help of Castilla's coaching staff, where each one is a head of department, we'll try to get things working.
Are the standards high in the youth academy?
There are some great players here, there always have been and there always will be. We're attempting to instil an idea and have things work well.