"The coach told them to pray and meditate so that they can stay calm and then they will be conscious, and that when they're calm they can figure out what to do next", the translator said on behalf of one of the boys.
Only after they were found by two British divers could a daring rescue mission begin which ended on July 10. They would sleep, but for an hour at a time.
They said they realised how many days had passed because one of the boys had a watch which stated the time and date.
The boys and their coach made headlines around the world after they got trapped in a cave on June 23.
Asked about their eventual rescue, some of the boys said they were sedated and that it was too dark for them to retain any vivid memories. "They knew if they didn't come out, eventually someone would have to come in and get them out anyway".
Now that they are free, the boys all have the same goal.
"I thought that that was courageous, but this team is braver than me", he said.
To answer some burning questions about the incident, which saw the 12 players (who ranged in age from 11 to 17, as well as their 25-year-old coach) trapped in a flooded cave for 18 days: The cave was a "tourist attraction".
'They all want a good education and have good jobs and be professional soccer players so they can take care of their families, ' the translator explained. "And they show their collective team work and had patience, faith, and belief in other hands also".
'This is probably the best team in the world'. He invited them to a private practice with his Galaxy teammates, while Ellen gave them all a VIP experience to a Los Angeles Football Club game.
That's when Ellen chose to give them a surprise. their favorite soccer player in the flesh - and dude couldn't have been nicer.