Isaac Cuenca in his days as a Barça player / MIGUEL RUIZ - FCB

When Barça face Deportivo on Sunday it will be a special day for Isaac Cuenca. The 23 year-old from Reus in Catalonia is in the middle of his first season in La Coruña after leaving the realm of Barça. Cuenca rose to brief stardom with FC Barcelona in the 2011/12 season, but after that as series of injuries took their toll on the once rising star.

Cuenca is looking for a fresh start at Riazor, and things happen to be going quite well. He's played in 15 of the team's 18 league matches and he leads the team with two goals. With his first match against his old side just around the corner, Cuenca sat down with www.fcbarcelona.com to talk about how things are going.

You've been one of the focuses leading up to the match. How are you handling that?
This isn't a typical week for me, everyone is asking me how I feel to be facing my old team. I'm happy to be going up against my ex-teammates and the colours I used to wear.I'm happy to be going up against my ex-teammates and the colours I used to wear.

What's the ambience like around your team before facing Barça?
I think all the tickets are sold out. It's been a while since we've hosted Barça, and you can tell that we're about to face one of the best clubs.

Deportivo got past a rough start and are now out of the relegation zone. How did your team grow?
You have to realise that there were several new faces at the beginning, so we had to adapt and that took some time. But now we just keep getting better and are more well organised.

On a personal note, how do you feel in La Coruña after having been inactive for so many months?
Great, really happy. I have the chance to do what I wanted, which was to play again. Physically I'm fantastic and I'm getting into more of a rhythm for the games and I'm happy at Deportivo.

Coach Víctor Fernández has played you in several positions on attack this season. Where are you most comfortable?
I've played all over the place, and here the forwards have a lot of freedom, so it hasn't made a huge difference to me. I feel comfortable wherever I can attack. The closer I am to the opposing goal, the better.


You’re just 23, but after all that's happened to you, where do you feel in terms of your career?
Just like at the beginning. The injuries halted me a bit, but I've been able to get back and my goal at Deportivo is to kind of relaunch my career and show that I can play in the First Division.The injuries halted me a bit, but I've been able to get back and my goal at Deportivo is to kind of relaunch my career and show that I can play in the First Division.

What was it like when you were at Barça?
When I made it up to the first team, it was a dream come true, what I'd been wanting since I was a kid. I was really satisfied and proud at the time. But things change in life, and injuries happen. After that it was really bad for me, really tough. I saw my dream slipping away and there was nothing I could do.

You had to leave Barça three times (also in the youth academy and another time before playing for Barça B). Which time was the most difficult?
The last one. It's not the same leaving Barça as a kid as when you're on the first team, playing in the Champions League and with all the titles on the table.

What's your best memory from your time at Barça?
The feeling I had after scoring my first goal with the first team, without a doubt. It was at Camp Nou against Mallorca, and I scored after dribbling around the goalkeeper.