“RIBAS IS DEFINITELY ONE OF THE MOST PASSIONATE AND DETERMINED MANAGERS THERE IS”
After earning a maiden call-up to the national side, we interviewed Gibraltar U21 captain, and Mons Calpe midfielder Graeme Torrilla.
Torrilla has been called up to the national team for the first time, after previously representing the U21 side and scoring the winner vs Macedonia U21 – the midfielder is understandably ecstatic at the call up: “It’s an honour to be called up to the final squad for the first time. It’s something I’ve been working towards a lot recently and I’m grateful to be here.”
Having Gibraltar games back at the Victoria Stadium is a massive boost to the national team, and Torrilla, who has played for the U21s in Faro, knows how important it is that football “is coming home”: “Playing at home will no doubt have a huge influence on our performance. As we could see in the game against Latvia, even though it wasn’t an official match the fans were excellent and helped push the team to get the win.”
The midfielder has gone from strength to strength since joining Mons Calpe, and has become an integral part of the Rock Cup finalists – we asked the 21-year old, who celebrated his birthday yesterday by being selected in the final squad, how much he owed to his club side: “My club have had a massive part to play in my development as a player. Not just the manager, who has been brilliant with me since day one, but the players too, as they are the ones that push me to be at such a high level.”
Finally, we asked Torrilla for his thoughts on working with new Gibraltar Head Coach Julio Ribas: “He is definitely one of the most passionate and determined managers there is and that’s exactly what he’s trying to transmit to us so that we can feel the same amount of energy on the pitch. I think a manager with this kind of attitude and passion could lead our national team in the right direction.”