Breakspear: “I think Rafa has improved us a lot”

In the latest of our interviews during the mid-season break, we caught up with Lions defender Shea Breakspear to get his thoughts about the season so far, and some longer term goals.

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We started off by asking the 26-year old about his thoughts for the season so far: “It has been a very steady start to the season for the team and myself, we started the first two games flying by beating Europa but we had a patch where our performances dropped.”

Lions struggled last season but survived, and now sit sixth in this season’s campaign. As Breakspear mentions though, a lot has changed: “It’s almost a new team from last season so it’s hard to say. We were at the bottom end of the league for most of the campaign last season but we never gave up and kept fighting till the end so I would say the biggest lesson was keep fighting and never give up.”

Rafa Bado came in as player-manager last season at short notice, and managed eventually to keep the side afloat. For the defender, he can see how the former Gibraltar international has improved the team: “Rafa came in at a very hard time last season. Dave Wilson left us before the start of the season and Rafa had little time to prepare a pre-season and get his squad ready. This season has been different; Rafa has got the signings he wants and is now trying to implement the style of play he would like with the players we have and I think he has improved us a lot.”

The Lions defender could represent Gibraltar at international level having been based for a long time here, and with internationals coming in March, we asked him about the potential for representing Gib: “It would be a huge honor for me, I have lived in Gibraltar most of my life and this is what I consider as my home. I need to perform to the best of my abilities over the next few months to stand a chance but hopefully I can do that and make it possible.”

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