Cuenca ready to make up lost time

Isaac Cuenca insists he is ready to make up for lost time at Granada after looking ahead to Monday’s match against Espanyol in La Liga.

Cuenca was tipped for big things after he broke into the Barcelona first team during the 2011-12 season, but a serious knee injury saw him fail to revisit such heights, and disappointing spells at Ajax, Deportivo La Coruna and Bursaspor since then have taken him to Los Carmenes.

“I’m very happy [at Granada],” the winger told Marca.

“I feel very good with my teammates, they’re friendly, plus the city is great. Everything’s very good and pleasing.

“It’s as I expected. The facilities are very good, maybe better than I thought they’d be, but everything else is very good.

“The whole team are very united, the players get along very well and that’s something important for us to achieve our goals.

“[On his time abroad], there’s risk in every decision you make. When you join a team, you hope to play all the time.

“I expected to play more, but these things happen, you learn and I’ll continue to train 100 percent in order to play more and take my chances. If I didn’t feel important, I wouldn’t have come here.

“What I want is to be able to play so I can show the player I am and feel confident and good on the pitch. Everything else will follow.

“[On the coaching change], Jose Gonzalez has changed our tactics. We’re now better positioned defensively.

“Every game is different, it’s not that we lack something, rather it depends on the circumstances and your opponents. It can go one way or another.

“We’re in better shape than a few weeks ago after two wins against Deportivo and Sporting.

“We’ll try to continue in the same line of work and play and look for the most wins possible to keep us up.

“[On facing Espanyol], I had a spell at Espanyol so I’ll always feel something for them.

“Still, the most important thing is Granada. We’ll try to get the win, so we can make it out of the relegation zone and maintain this upward trajectory.

“[On why he failed at Barca], I was injured for two years. It happened after preseason [in 2012], and it wasn’t easy to get back into a team of such quality.

“It’s in the past now, but who knows had I not been injured? The situation would’ve been different, but I experienced something else. [My time at the club] went well and that’s it.”

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