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I want to change the image of the coaching world where it is still fashionable in many circles to do some things "from the gut". Where the trainers, even in the major leagues, believe in intuition.”

Called a “wonderkid” of training, this new generation coach, who puts analysis of the course of the game above all else, wants to conquer the world of football.

How? Read the interview.

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Analytics Master

I want to change the image of the coaching world where it is still fashionable in many circles to do some things "from the gut". Where the trainers, even in the major leagues, believe in intuition.”

Called a “wonderkid” of training, this new generation coach, who puts analysis of the course of the game above all else, wants to conquer the world of football.

How? Read the interview.

Coach, we all know that you have graduated from the best coaching schools with distinction, and that you are one of the youngest trainers with Pro licence in the world. But what about the experience?

What about it? Everyone starts somewhere, editor. And no, I don't underestimate the value of practice. But, two things: first, I have done many internships, learning from, among others…

An internship is not working on your own.

Let me finish.

As an intern you're not making any decisions nor facing their consequences, and this is coach's bread and butter. Being an intern, you could only decide whether you'll watch the training from behind the goal or the cone.

Yes, I wasn't making any decisions. I wasn't facing their consequences. But you are underestimating the fact I saw how coaches did that, and they were often great ones. And I can tell you - I saw what errors they were making.

You, with no experience on your own, being an intern for coaches in the biggest clubs, are talking about their errors?

Yes.

This sounds like no humility at all.

No, this is the image of the coaching world where many circles still find it fashionable to do some things "from the gut". Where the trainers, even in the major leagues, believe in intuition. In streaks. In not changing the winning team.

You would change it?

Of course I would, if the hard data shows that the wingman who might have been key to the previous victories is completely exhausted now. Of course I would, if the team I'm playing next has trouble with defending against counterattacks and it's better to give them field, and catch them when they've pushed forward. 

Recently I've won 5:0, shall I reward everyone? And what if I've won with a bad team I was able to surprise with pressing, and now there's another team waiting, one you cannot surprise this way? I have respect for all coaches whose work I've observed. I've learnt a lot. But, trust me, many of them have trouble accepting that the world is changing.

In what direction, in your opinion?

Towards tactical flexibility. If you always play the same way then, even if you put together a dangerous team, sooner or later you will be read. A team with one alternative has a short expiry date.

The team that has a whole tactical arsenal will always be dangerous, especially if they can plan for their enemy's weaknesses. Set pieces? I'm not saying someone disregards them. But there's a difference between not disregarding and appreciating them. I know, and I can show you the data, that having polished, surprising set pieces is like having a twelfth player. And I mean one that scores 25-30 goals per season."

Aren't you afraid that you'll have trouble managing the locker room? Building up your authority? These are strong personalities. Some of them are older than you.

Definitely we won't build the locker room atmosphere in a pub. I know that the coaches of old had many ways of building the atmosphere, but do you know what is one, universal rule?

What is it?

Victory. It's the most effective one. I can guarantee that if we win and the players feel they're developing with me, no one will question my decisions, even if I tell them to spend an hour of practice hopping on one leg.

Analytics Master

New generation trainer, who puts statistical data and analysing the course of the game above all else.

When you choose him, your scouting level is higher from the very beginning, and negotiations over transfers are not scary anymore. The analyst has the ability to recognize precisely players' potential, which will show you which young players are worth investing in.

Comprehensive reports about your team's performance and enemies' analyses will surely make a difference during the match!

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