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Hinchas y Jugadores Xtra - Real Madrid Castilla with Javier Santa Engracia (10th May, 2017)

Hinchas y Jugadores Xtra is where a fan gives a quick comment on his club.


You can follow Javier Santa Engracia on Twitter here. He is part of the Ultras Sur fan group, who in his words are "are the only boys who know how to support Real Madrid"! You can follow the group on Twitter here.

How long have you been a fan of Madrid B and what made you support them in the first place?

I've been a Real Madrid supporter since I was 7 years old, as a Real Madrid supporter I couldn't get the idea of not supporting the second team of the club.

Given the transfer windows and the squad that was assembled at the start of the season, is Madrid B where you want it to be?

Well, the promotion to second division is always the first target for Real Madrid B, something that this season is going to be very difficult to reach, so, for me there aren't in the place that I want to be.

Of the signings made this season, which one worked out the best/had the most impact and why?

Carlos Abad, the first goalkeeper and the most expensive goalkeeper ever in Madrid B.

What are the strengths and weaknesses of Real B this season? Any standout players?

The main positive thing is the ambitious and energy of young players. That's also the weakness - this is a team without experience.

List some things you appreciate and some things you can’t stand about the club management. Rant away...

The club management is very bad. The prices are very high for a Segunda B team. The price is around 15 euros, and many times the private security of the club doesn't allow you to stand up to support, although banners against the president are forbidden and in many cases sanctioned. One time, the security of Madrid B didn't allow a banner of Real Madrid player and idol Juanito, because they didn't know who he was! In this aspect we can say that the treatment of the fans is better in away stadiums that in our stadium.

What has the mood among the fans been during the campaign? Do you generally agree/disagree with them?

The fans are disappointed with the team because they will not be gaining promotion and with the club management because they treat fans badly, something that I totally agree with.

Finally, predicted finish for Real B?

I think that the final position is going to be 5th or 6th.

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