Lead the men – “Football for me is a human science, above all else.”
The coach is a global leader – “A coach has to be everything: a tactical, motivator, leader, methodologist, psychologist.” “A teacher at the university told me ‘a coach who knows only football is not a top level. Every coach knows football, the difference lies in other areas.’ He was a teacher of philosophy. I got the message.”
Football is global – “I do not do physical work. I defend the globalization of work. I do not know where it starts the physical part and ends the psychological and tactical side.”
Customize communication – Adapting communication to each individual it is the most difficult task of a coach and he has to know how to challenge the players’ emotions.
Know the men – “There are many ways to become a great manager … but above all I think the hardest thing is to lead men with different cultures, minds and quality.” At Inter, he conceded a holiday to Wesley Sneijder who was exhausted. “All the other coaches have spoken only of training,” said Sneijder. “He sent me to the beach. So I went to Ibiza for three days. When I came back, I was willing to kill and die for him.”
Men are chosen – He believes in a 24-team players, because this shows that every one of them has been chosen and will play a significant role for the team even if they are not famous.
Stimulate the players to understand – He stresses the tactical work, the coach is not a ‘transmitter’ and the team is not a ‘receiver’. He uses the method of ‘guided discovery’; the players reveal how to play starting from the information they receive, from practical situations leading them on a certain path. ”
Focus always on the mind – He is focused on the emotional, cognitive and interpersonal players’ characteristics. In this way the players, instead to follow the instructions as the pupils at school, develop the play ideas led by this mental approach to the game.
Teamwork and collective awareness – “I work with the players on a daily basis and I know those who are committed at the maximum are able to do well, while those that are not working properly are not able to play well. You play as you work, and I can say it straight to each player.
Working with intensity – Short training sessions and the presence of the ball encourage players to work at their maximum level of motivation and energy. He constantly pay attention to the mistakes, provoking the players if they make mistakes repeatedly.