YlonenXabi wrote:Yep. I'm Spanish and I hate Barça and everything related with them but I always had this admiration for Guardiola because of his character and his nice press conferences
Firefox1234 wrote:Apparently Pep asked Ribery if he could play as a AM....
ramsej84 wrote:Am I right to say that even today the training is to be open for the public?
“It was very enjoyable," said Thomas Müller. “It was a good way to get started with training again," agreed Toni Kroos. Guardiola has clearly struck an immediate chord with his players. “I think we've got a fantastic coach," enthused Kroos.
“He knows exactly how to address his players," remarked summer signing Jan Kirchhoff. “The coach has an unbelievably open manner, he's very communicative," commented Kirchhoff, “the fact he approaches us and is so open makes it very comfortable for all of us. He carefully explains all the drills, including what he's trying to achieve."
“You immediately sense he knows what he wants," observed Franck Ribéry, who had a one-on-one chat with the coach during the warm down at the end of the session. “He asked me where I'm happiest on the field," the Frenchman reported, revealing that Guardiola held a “20 or 25 minute team talk in German" in the dressing room prior to the workout.
The new coach is determined to use German wherever possible, said Müller, “and it works 80 percent of the time," (:D) the player estimated. The Spaniard only switched to English when he lacked the appropriate word in German, advised Manuel Neuer: “He already speaks very good German and it'll get better as well." The language barrier is already practically overcome, but that is clearly a good thing because some of the boss’s training routines are completely new territory for the players, and will have to be explained in detail beforehand.
“I think it's normal," remarked Neuer, “it's always different under a new coach. We were just delighted to be starting out on the season with such a great coach." The first shakedown of the new campaign passed off very well indeed, “and the job now is to acclimatise to each other as fast as possible and for us to absorb the new things," summarised Kroos.
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