Did the Welshman accept it?Of course, we were already league champions and I never gave him problems. I told the colleagues that it was very special for me to reach the record of a legend like Zarra. I had never asked them for anything individually, so that afternoon I asked everyone to collaborate and that when giving passes to the area they looked for me above all else. I played upstairs with Aldana and she understood perfectly. And they helped me admirably. Oviedo scored first, but after drawing Parra I scored three goals. The first was given to me by Míchel, the player who gave me the most assists in my entire career. The second I got a penalty. I changed my method so that Zubeldia wouldn’t guess. I shot very hard and through the center. At that moment, an image of Mendoza in the box was shown on television with a gesture that meant: “He is going to get it.” The President always believed in me and I really appreciate it.And the third that equaled Telmo Zarra? Your reference | “Mine on the bench is Luis Aragonés. Win, win and win” You don’t like Benzema?How can I not like it. He is a striker with exceptional class, but he is not a killer, he is not a pure man of area. He is a great second striker. He is as Butragueño was, and I as a Christian. So Emilio and I understood each other perfectly. Karim could use a killer ahead of him. I used to like Harry Kane, but with so much injury he’s stalled. And Lewandoswski has the problem of age. Search is not easy.We are finishing, master. Did you ever meet Michael Robinson?Yes, when he signed for Osasuna I was in Madrid and I remember that he once scored at the Bernabéu and that in Pamplona he was a very British, fast and aggressive striker. He was a good guy and I was hurt by the knowledge of his passing. From here I send a big hug to all his family.So we see you soon working for Spain?Would be pleased. I highly value LaLiga, which for me is still the best in the world. Javier Tebas has done an excellent job, improving the economy of the clubs, cleaning them up and promoting competition on all continents. In fact, in the contract with ESPN I put a clause so that in case of a serious professional project as a coach I was released from our agreement for two years. Hopefully we’ll see you there soon, buddy.So be it, legend. UntitledHugo Sánchez, in a goal with Madrid.AS newspaper EI author of the best chilean that has been seen in Spain (that of Logroñés) is news because today they are fulfilled 30 years of its hat-trick to Oviedo at the Bernabéu, which allowed him to match the legendary goalscoring record of Telmo Zarra in a League (38 targets). Hugo Sanchez he remembers it for our readers.Where are you living in this sad period that we have had to live?At my house in San Diego, in the United States, with my family. Along with my wife Isabel, who as you already know in her country is from Madrid, and with my daughters, Isabella and Hana. We also have a house in Mexico and before the pandemic we were moving to my country depending on my professional commitments with ESPN, where I am a commentator. But now we are all living another reality and the work is in the background.I notice you worried.Not worried, realistic. After the pandemic there will be a before and an after. The economy is going to change, many people are going to suffer and we must reset our scale of values. What before seemed like a minor detail can now be a treasure. The pandemic has opened our eyes to our way of understanding life. You have to reflect on it.Does this reflection include the possibility of returning to Spain at some point?Of course. Look, my two daughters are twins and right now they have graduated to go to college. They have not been able to do the ceremony with their colleagues due to the coronavirus, but telematically they made their own celebration. The good thing is that both Isabella and Hana want to make their careers in Madrid. They want to study there. It is your wish. Logically, if a good professional project arose, I would love to be able to continue being close to my daughters.I see him knocking on Florentino’s door …He already knows that Madrid is one of my future aspirations and I am truly prepared for such a demanding bench. I feel empowered, apart from my feelings and my knowledge of the club after so many years there. I’m not saying do it now, since Zidane is doing a great job. But let no one forget that I made the Pumas double champion in my country and that with the Mexican team we almost got into the 2007 Copa América final, played in Venezuela. Only Argentina beat us in the semifinals, but we were third after defeating Uruguay in the consolation final. We played very well. What is your style book as a coach?The one that Luis Aragonés imposed. I also say three words to my players: win, win and win. Luis is my reference. That handling he had of the wardrobe is admirable. His personality is what allowed Spain to win two European Cups and a World Cup. It is true that the last two were from Del Bosque, but Vicente was very intelligent and maintained Luis’ philosophy. Luis’s winning synergy carved out those wonderful years for Spain. Del Bosque knew how to fully maintain Luis’ momentum.Is it so important for a coach to have his reference in another colleague by profession?Sure. Look at Zidane. It is what it is thanks to Ancelotti. In the year he was with him as an assistant, he learned that the key to success in a club like Madrid is to have a left hand and a right hand, to put yourself in the shoes of the footballer. Zidane received an intensive course and as he is very intelligent he soaked up the Ancelotti method. And there are his spectacular results, especially in Champions.Let’s change the third. I don’t know if he knows, but this Tuesday marks 30 years of his tremendous hat-trick Oviedo at the Bernabéu, which allowed you to win the Golden Boot and match the record of the legendary Telmo Zarra, with 38 goals.I did not know it coincided but I appreciate it because that game had special connotations for me.Count, count …I was carrying a sanction that prevented me from playing the Vicente Calderón derby on the penultimate round of the League. For me it was a stick because the punishment subtracted me one more match to reach Zarra’s record. The three goals he needed to score in the last two games were reduced to one option, the last day against Oviedo. So, before the meeting, I approached John Toshack and asked for permission to address the group myself in the usual technical talk before the meetings. Another fantastic pass from Míchel from the right and I put it in with a good header. It was like a release for me. I hugged him and when we all made a pineapple I shouted: “We did it!” He couldn’t waste that opportunity to make history. Also, that same year I met Isabel, my wife, and that’s why I have it as the most important year of my life.But no goal can be compared with the one that you got from Chile to Logroñés.You already know that if you read the word Logroñés the other way around, “Señor gol” comes out. Focusing on the left was the perfect profile for my Chileans. Rafa (Martín Vázquez) knew that afternoon where I had to put it …And he won the Golden Boot in 1990, equaling with Stoichkov, then in Bulgaria.Well, I didn’t want to go pick her up … The debate of 9 | “Madrid needs a ‘killer’ from the area; Benzema is more like Butragueño” How do you say?First clarify that the Bulgarian league was much lower than the Spanish, but in that they had the same coefficient per goal, which detracted from their record. Now it would have been impossible for Stoichkov to win that Golden Boot playing in his country. And look, I was angry that the Ballon d’Or award ignored the players in America. How is it possible that Maradona never won it? How was it understood that I was the best scorer in European football and did not even compete for the award? On the way to the ceremony I said to Isabel, at that time my girlfriend: “Tonight I’m going to roll it up.” My idea was to refuse to pick up the trophy. But she, with good judgment, told me: “No, Hugo, pick up the award that you have won on the field and from tomorrow you can criticize the injustice of the Ballon d’Or.” And that’s what I did.Let’s talk about his famous duels with Barça, and some with Barca Stoichkov.Months after that match with Oviedo we won the Spanish Super Cup for the second time at the Camp Nou. It was the night Stoichkov was expelled for stepping on Urízar. We took an Olympic tour that tasted like glory, but since they kept throwing lighters, coins and all kinds of objects at me, he gave me a lighter on the head and I needed three stitches. Then I adjusted the parts. As Stoichkov received a six-month sanction for his assault on the referee, to compensate me, the Sole Judge, Mr. Forcen, put me in two games. An injustice. On top of that, a colleague of his attributed to me some statements that I never made, in which I was supposed to tell the Judge that I wish they would give him a bottle like they gave me in Sestao so he can see what it feels like when they throw you everything in the lead. It was false. That is why, from that day on, I always went to the interviews with my own tape recorder to avoid those problems.Do you remember well how the Sestao bottle went?Sure! When I received the impact of the bottle of champagne I almost lost consciousness completely. That would have been very dangerous. I almost entered the dreaded dark tunnel, but I threw in a couple of tonsils and reacted despite the brutal impact. That night I saved my life by a miracle. Luckily, the bottle hit me on the head with its side. So it did not explode. If you hit me with the ass or the nose part, I wouldn’t be talking to you now. I tell you more …Say …After a few years a man who worked for the Spanish Federation called me and said he had a surprise for me. I stayed with him and he gave me the bottle of champagne, which someone from Sestao gave him since, when it didn’t break, his employees picked it up. I keep it in my private museum where all my conquests are. One more trophy (smile).Let’s jump to today. You, with your 207 goals in 283 games with Madrid, are one of the best filmmakers in the history of the club, with a brutal average (0.73). Young Haaland is now spoken of as a great scorer for the future.He has a plant, he has talent and a nose. Madrid can take it into account for the future. But this team must come ready-made, with proven experience and a baggage behind, as I came after four years scoring goals at Atleti. He is still very young. Madrid has to come the best in the world in every position.Does this Madrid of Zidane need a nine?Of course. Madrid needs a killer from the area, as I was, as is Cristiano, who for many years performed that function at the Bernabéu perfectly. So you have to find another, more consecrated.