25/03/2012 15:39, Report by Adam Marshall
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Archives: Juan Seba Veron

We continue to leaf our way through the official club magazine archives to review classic interviews from the past.

In November, 2002, Juan Sebastian Veron sat down to discuss a difficult first season, that he himself described as a 'catastrophe', and criticism of his performances following a big-money move from Lazio.

Take a look at these fascinating extracts from a chat with a midfielder of undisputed class, who eventually joined Chelsea the following year and was still a key player for Argentina at the 2010 World Cup.

You've been here a year now. How are you finding life in Manchester?
Me and my family have settled in really well. Of course things are a bit different to what I was used to in South America and even Italy, but that's what it's all about - learning about other ways of life, different customs. I enjoy that. It makes you richer as a person to have new experiences.

How do you relax away from the pitch?
I enjoy life at home. I spend more time with my family as years go by, so that's good. But, although I don't tend to go out as much as I used to, I like a night out on the town occasionally. I go out with the lads from the team and it's nice to get to know the city of Manchester.

It must be useful to have Diego Forlan around who speaks Spanish?
Yes and Quinton [Fortune] as well. I try not to rely on them too much though because that would be an easy way out and I wouldn't learn. I always have a go myself first.

You described last season as a 'catastrophe'. Are you enjoying yourself more this year?
When you compare it with last season, it's going well, yeah. But I don't want to start with 10 good games and then have 40 bad ones. I want to progress steadily so I can end the season on a high rather than the other way around as it was last year.

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