Insights into motivation and mental preparation.
"Everybody is different, obviously. You have the old, the young, the bright, the one not so bright, the guy with a great social life, the one with a bit strange environment, you have everything. But they are individuals and you have to deal with them in different ways.”
"I think the best way to motivate people is to show your own motivation.
If you are the leader and you are able to show them that you have it, I think you can demand and it is easy for people to follow you.
… It gives you moral conditions to demand. If I have it, if I do it, you must have it, you must do it.”
"The right state of mind (for a match) is something very, very personal. I want them to feel comfortable.
… Some of them like a very short and aggressive warm-up, others start warming up 1 1/2 hours before the game … some like music, some don’t, some like aggressive music, some like to speak on the phone with their wife or girlfriend, some disconnect the phone 3 hours before the game and want to be completely isolated. It’s something very, very personal.”
”I sleep very well the night before the game, I don’t sleep the night after the game, whatever the result. For most of the players it’s the same thing. It’s about adrenaline. We cannot disconnect with the game, we are in bed and we are watching the game, analysing every detail, ‘Why did I miss this kick, what did I wrong …’ In my case: ‘Why this decision, why thid goal, what mistaked did we make?’ So, the night after a game than the one before.”
“The worst period for me is the period between the last team talk and the beginning of the game. Because it’s the period when I don’t communicate with them (players), to give them the space they need to feel comfortable and to do what they want to prepare for the game.
… In this period I think like things are going away from me, out of my control. That’s the moment when I feel a bit more tense.”
"When the game starts, everything changes. Because they are playing on the pitch and I am playing outside, and in that moment I connect with them again because I’m playing with them.”
”I’m a specialist in losing matches on penalties. I lost 2 Champions League semi-finals on penalties, I lost two Supercops on penalties, I won only once on penalties. And I did everything to win!
My conclusion is: It doesn’t matter what you do. I trained penalties 3 months before, almost every day, I took the players that are most successful (in penalties), analysing the opponents … We did the opposite. We did everything.”
"They probably thought that spirit would be enough…"
Mou about the shocking 1:7 in the WC semi-final Brazil suffered vs Germany.
Do you think Brazil can still win without Neymar?
Interesting analysis that Thiago Silva being suspended could affect the gameplay more than Neymar’s absence. I tend to agree.
"I think Brazil is a fighting team. I think Brazil is playing with its heart. Every player is giving absolutely everything and that is something that I respect. The reality is that they are not playing quality football."
… and will win the World Cup.