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What I’m trying to say is that within the styles, first, there’s something clear: the style is given by the players on the roster.
The first time I played England was at Wembley in 1991.
I am very respectful and always have been.
Defeats are always tough, whatever you have lost, and they affect me the same way they affect anyone who loses a match – no more or less.
A coach I admire? Jurgen Klopp. No doubt.
It’s hard for me to interact with players who don’t give themselves completely. The weak don’t interest me.
Griezmann is an extraordinary player who adapts to all the needs of the team.
Football is like boxing because you have to know when it is time to attack.
Strikers are streaky creatures.
Every footballer has their own identity. A Uruguayan player is different to a Spanish player. A Portuguese player may be similar to a Spanish one, but not the same – and so on.
It is always good and important that the strikers score.
I like brave people.
When coaches arrive at a club, we need to understand its history. If we don’t understand it, then we are destined to have a bad time.
Maradona and Messi played in different times and in different positions. Messi is much more a striker, Diego was all over the entire pitch. They are two extraordinary players.
He who brings a style to a club that can’t carry it out, he is not a good manager, because he is attacking the club that hires him.
It’s like Barcelona who have Messi. He decides games with his attacking play; Oblak resolves them with his saves.
Football is like hunting. One second can change it all, but it’s not just any second, it’s a flash. The prey is there and suddenly then it’s not. In an instant it’s over – you won’t have the chance again. You need to know which one precise second to train for, and to understand that moment.
The only improvement I know in football is through work, it is the only way for the team to grow.
Motivation should come from within each player; if not, it’s difficult to get results.
If there is one thing I am, it is very hard-headed. If I want something, I go after it – and I go after it ad nauseum.
From the first moment you accept to join a club, the best thing you can do and the most respectful thing to do is ask yourself: ‘What is the history behind this club?’
My ambition is to work to improve my players.
In La Liga you are awarded for consistency.
I’m very happy in charge at Atletico. The squad give me commitment, talent and style.
Winning is always beautiful.
I have to continue to be very demanding of myself in order to evolve.
Each person can think what they want.
Talent has to be accompanied by effort as well, and that’s shared around when you work as a team.
Football is marvellous and there are countless ways to play and to win.
Football is about balance.
Sometimes, there isn’t respect for our ways, but you can’t change people.
We play to win, with the arms that we have.
In fact, a coach is primarily a trainer, not only in tactics but also in emotional matters.
Football is everything, mind, heart, talent.
I think there is an idea, a unique essence to every club.
The hardest thing in life is reinventing yourself and staying at the top of your game, whilst the hardest thing in football is finding that club you want to stay at.
You have to live in the present.
From when I started to play with a ball I wanted to win everything.
Football is wonderful because no one is right: there’s no absolute truth.
I think talk is cheap – when I hear people say what they’d like to happen, I think it’s empty.
There will always be mistakes, all teams make mistakes.
I don’t drive a truck, I drive a team of footballers who work for a major club like Atleti.
Maybe the key aspect of imposing fear to the opposition is to make them understand that we have no fear.
It’s not easy to play for Atletico. Talent is not enough, the bar is very high.
Busquets reads everything. Players like Busquets or Xabi Alonso in midfield have the capacity to read the whole game.
When the opposition team sense that there is fear, they take advantage without mercy.
As a coach, the greatest passion you can have is for improving players.
Whenever a fellow coach is sacked it is not good for any of us – it hurts. You just have to accept it because it is part of the game.
The teams that defend well are as important as those that attack well. If you don’t concede goals it is much easier to win but it is all about having balance.
Artificial pitches are just one more condition for us, like sun, wind or snow; we should be able to deal with such conditions.
Like I’ve always said, in football the most important thing is the quality of minutes not the quantity.
A final is a final, and is motivation in itself.
Football is wonderful because everyone can have an opinion and make judgements about what they think and see.
VAR exposes everything. Before we didn’t have the possibility of seeing some things that we now see. The referees are people who can be wrong as well.
Ajax have a set model, a defined youth programme – Barcelona have one too, and Juventus. And Atletico Madrid do too. Real Madrid don’t – because they alternate developing their own players with signing talent.
My role is to take the player to his limits, to provoke him, to annoy him against me, because in this nervousness is the will to improve.
He’s an animal, Diego Costa is an animal!
Of course, becoming champions is something we all want, but I think that the best ‘championship’ for a manager is to see players like Koke, Lucas Hernandez, Angel Correa – lads who have come up from all the way down in the lower divisions – become professionals of a high standard.
Football is not just in Europe, there is football all over the world so I am always open to the idea of managing anywhere in the world.
I would never close the door on any job because I like to work, I like football.
If I had to chose between Messi and Ronaldo, then most likely I would choose Messi.
Those who manage to keep the offensive and defensive balance are more successful. We search for balance in order to keep a stable level, which is the most difficult thing to do.
For Altetico to keep wining we can only do one thing – work and fight.
When there are changes there will always be people who like it and people who don’t.
The characteristics of people according to their star sign are similar, and we pay attention to how we can get the best out of them.
Few footballers at 20 or 21 are the finished article.
I will never coach Real Madrid.
Finding myself in a final with Atletico makes me happy. Why? Because I know the feelings of all the people at the club – because I know how the players feel. They need to see their team as champions, so we have more fans every day.
It’s not enough to just have talent at Atletico Madrid. At other clubs it is, but we can’t sign superstars and have to look for players with a good work ethic.
As a coach you need to choose the characteristics your players can contribute. I don’t think it’s a good thing for a coach to analyse his team by looking for something he sees in other teams. He has to pay close attention to the characteristics his team have, and make the most of those.