The Journey Begins
I love football. I love watching it, reading about it, thinking about it. It's always in my mind. My favourite team? That would be my local team Dynamo Dresden. I also have an affection for FC Bayern München, FC Barcelona and Liverpool. These are teams with great passion and great histories. My favourite players would be Bastian Schweinsteiger, Thomas Müller, Philippe Coutinho and, of course, the genius that is Lionel Messi. They are true lovers of the game and play with passion.
I take inspiration from a number of managers. Josep Guardiola, Joachim Löw, Jürgen Klinsmann and Jürgen Klopp are among my favourite. I admire the versatility and the creativity displayed by each of these managers. Each of these magnificent tacticians believe in keeping the ball and working with and without it. They instruct their teams to put pressure on the opposition with the ball, and pressure on them without the ball. It's simple, in theory. In practice, it can be a lot more difficult to achieve.
I always want my team to know that they have the freedom to be creative, to express themselves throughout the game. Freedom of expression is important. Without it, football is just a game of structure and rules. Freedom and individuality is important. You wouldn't tell Messi to stay to his position and not give him any freedom, that would be absurd. As long as my players work hard enough to deserve their freedom, they can express themselves on and off the pitch in any way they wish. And now that I have my coaching badges, I can look to put this in to practice... but who would give me the chance?
I am a footballing genius. I know the game inside and out. I support teams who have shown great prowess in football. Juventus and Roma are top of my list; proud Italian clubs with great history and a great future. Manchester United and Real Madrid are also worth admiring, they are clubs where winning is born and bred. My ideal players? Cristiano Ronaldo, Giorgio Chiellini, Patrice Evra. They are born winners. You only need to look at what they've won to know just how good they are. They are true champions.
I would put myself in the same bracket as José Mourinho, Carlo Ancelotti, Antonio Conte and Massimiliano Allegri. These managers do whatever it takes to win. There is no place for "attractive football" when you can humiliate and crush opposition with ease. Blunt the opposition's attacks, and then sting them with a killer counter. That is the best way to win. Structure is important to achieve. With strong structure, you do not make mistakes. Without mistakes, you can be flawless.
My players must be warriors. They must be faster, stronger, sharper, more intelligent than the opposition. Each game is a war, and my soldiers must fight to destroy the enemy. Glory awaits the winner, and my team must always look to triumph. I'm proud of myself and I want that pride to rub off on my players. I will create champions. I will become the best in the world. I will become the ruler of football. I know it. I can feel the confidence running through my veins. I can begin my reign of power now that I have my coaching badges. I am a born winner, I am a born champion.
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