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Iniesta suffered to adapt to Japan

Andres Iniesta of Vissel Kobe is seen on the bench prior to the J.League J1 match between Vissel Kobe and Shonan Bellmare at Noevir Stadium Kobe on July 22, 2018 in Kobe, Hyogo, Japan. (Photo by Buddhika Weerasinghe/Getty Images)
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The former Barcelona superstar Andres Iniesta said he and his family had a hard time adapting to Japanese life.

One of Barcelona’s biggest stars, Andres Iniesta, decided to leave the Spanish La Liga giants to join Japanese side, Vissel Kobe.

For many it was a shocking move, to others it was expected as the player is now aging but he doesn’t want to stop playing football.

And now the 34-year-old explains how difficult was to adapt to the Japanese lifestyle.

“I have to confess that the adaption process has not been easy during my first six months in Japan, in sporting and in family terms,” he was quoted by ESPN.

“We arrived here after the World Cup, so we had hardly any time to organize ourselves.”

“We have spent our time getting used to the differences between the two cultures,” he added.

“Japanese customs are radically different to ours [in Spain] but, finally, we feel adapted. Now it’s time to enjoy being here.”

“After a run of six or seven defeats when I first got here, I was surprised how well the fans took the bad results,” he said comparing how Barca fans feel after a bad result.

“The Japanese take losing in a very different way to how we do in Spain.”

“I’ve found it hard to adapt to that philosophy. I have always been very competitive. I have never liked losing. Now, I have to learn from them and see it from another point of view. They’re competitive, but they extract other conclusions from defeats,” he explained.

“But my time here has been infinitely more relaxed than my spell at Barca. I was completely empty [in Spain]. I had nothing left. The pressure at a club like Barca is huge. Coming to Kobe has released me from that tension.”