Train Hard or Don’t Bother

January 16, 2011

£1 off FHM Look at the comments of any top coach and their focus is usually on mentality. Take, for example, the words of Rinus Michels in his book Teambuilding:

“In the football world, it is apparent that most coaches think of team building in mental or psychological terms. For example, the mentality of the players and team spirit. They are, of course, essential. Only with these as the basis, is it possible to perfect team tactics. The better the mentality of the players, the better the environment is for the coach to work on the tactical team building process.”

Arsene Wenger:

“Mentality can become an issue. That’s the danger. I don’t think it will be but that’s the fear. If it’s repeated then it can become something that can block the team.”

Rafa Benitez:

“The difference between players is not always the quality but their mentality.”

Louis van Gaal:

“We don’t only recruit on footballing ability but also on personality. Mentality is of huge importance.”

It’s more than showing passion and getting stuck in, there needs to be an intelligence to your play.

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However the highlight is Ballon d’Or winner Lionel Messi, who gives exclusive insight into what has made him the best player in the world, as well as the secrets of Barcelona’s training sessions and the drills he does to stay on top of his game.

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