ARGENTINA’S World Cup may’ve ended in misery last night with defeat to Germany, but you couldn’t wipe the smile of Alejandro Faurlin’s face this morning as the R’s returned for pre-season training.
Reporting for day one at a sun-drenched Harlington, Faurlin was all smiles as he turned up with close friend and team-mate Esteban Granero.
Speaking exclusively to www.qpr.co.uk
, the midfielder – who missed much of last season owing to an ACL injury – expressed his delight at seeing his colleagues again, commenting: “It’s really nice to be back.
“It felt good to be out there with the lads in training.”
He added: “I am probably used to the heat more than the rest of the guys.
“It’s nice and warm, but the sun beating down does make it a little bit more difficult, of course it does.
“Honestly, I can’t wait for the footballs to come out.
“I just want to touch it and feel it at my feet and have a conversation with it!
“In all seriousness though, everyone is back in good health, looking fit, and up to the challenge of pre-season.”
The dreaded YoYo Test – designed to evaluate an individual's ability to endure repeated periods of vigorous activity followed by short active break – formed part of this morning’s session, with Granero and Danny Simpson leading from the front.
Faurlin added: “I’m not a fan of the YoYo Test to be honest.
“I would much rather have the ball at my feet, but it is important to go through these tests at this stage of the season.
“We have a tough campaign ahead of us and these early sessions are vitally important.”
Despite last night’s 1-0 loss to Germany, Argentine Faurlin admitted he was proud in defeat, despite having to put up with German-born Max Ehmer at training today!
“I am very proud of my country,” he said.
“I am disappointed we lost, but I think we have shown that we are improving.
“Even last night in the Final, we showed great spirit and character and played well, so I am not too disappointed.”
He added: “Don’t talk to me about Max!
“He is only German when he wants to be. He is never with them in the bad times, only the good.
“I am always behind Argentina.”