LA PAZ – El Alto’s Always Ready is the ninth Bolivian professional soccer club to be managed by Mexican David de la Torre, who decided to display his skills in the Bolivian league and so pay homage to a family name with a great soccer legacy in his native Mexico.
The 37-year-old coach said in an interview with EFE that “now is the time” to be able to be make a difference and show all his abilities in a First Division championship with a team of such tradition as Always Ready.
“I believe this is my chance to show the league who David de la Torre really is,” the coach said.
At the age of 29, he began to gain experience as coach of the now defunct Real Mamore club in Beni province in 2011, at a time he called difficult because, though the squad was in the first division, its players “had nothing to eat” since they had gone months without being paid.
Later on, De la Torre coached the Universitario team of Sucre, Guabira of Montero, Real Potosi, Nacional Potosi and Petrolero of the Chaco, in complicated situations he compared to holding a “hot iron,” but which, he said prepared him for dealing with other challenges down the road.
His achievements have included a boost in the rankings for Sport Boys of Warnes in 2013, for Royal Pari of Santa Cruz in 2017 and for his current team Always Ready last year.
“I was out to find my destiny, my way forward...in a place that would be very different (from Mexico),” De la Torre said.
He added that, while he’s not in a hurry, he feels he carries “a heavy load on my back” from having a family name so closely linked to soccer and a family legacy in which the standouts are his uncles, the former players and coaches Jose Manuel “Chepo” de la Torre and Eduardo “Yayo” de la Torre, who pursued careers in Mexico and Spain, among other countries.
He also said a large part of his work model and his standards as a coach have been influenced by the style of Argentina’s Ricardo La Volpe, who trained him when he was a soccer player with Mexico’s Atlas.
De la Torre was also the Argentine’s assistant.
For the Mexican, the urge to return to his country is “always” with him, but said he won’t do it without first scoring a notable success in Bolivia.
In 2018, Always Ready returned to the Bolivian First Division after a 27-year absence, won two national titles and competed in the Copa Libertadores, South America’s premier club soccer tournament.