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I think the core job of a coach is to select the right players for a tournament. You need players who are mentally and physically fit, who are able to deal with difficult moments.
I want to establish an error culture in friendlies. We can make mistakes, learn from them and correct them.
Without planning there will be no success.
I said to Gotze: ‘OK, show the world you are better than Messi and can decide the World Cup.’ I told him that. I always had a good feeling about Gotze.
I don’t say anything about referees’ decisions, you have to accept them.
Roy Hodgson is a fantastic coach. I first knew him when I was playing in Switzerland and he was national team coach. It was under him that Switzerland revolutionised their player formation system.
Even before the World Cup in 2010 I had said that there were no world champions who aim to stifle the opposition’s play and somehow hope to win. These teams do not go far.
You have to be careful that you do not overdo things with too many games, because the quality must not suffer. Fans would then also turn away and the interest would subside.
You need to receive the ball and be assertive with it.
To sing the national anthem is wonderful, but it’s far from the sign of a strong team and it is absolutely no indication of a lack of desire to fight.
I know how to deal with pressure.
The cognitive development of the players is enormously important, as well as social competence and character values such as discipline and teamwork.
You need to be able to deal with pressure while on the ball and not keep giving it away in easy situations.
One can not win titles with result-orientated football anymore and this has been clear to me since 2008.
When we play with three at the back, we need active players, who tie up the opposition and play passes forward.
Everyone who knows us knows how we always encourage players to speak out, to be open and honest, to be critical. These things are very important to us.
Italy is one of the great footballing nations, with whom we have a great sporting rivalry.
As a coach, of course I favour competition.
You can play happy-go-lucky football against Brazil in a friendly but not in a tournament.
You shouldn’t be scared of putting together a team made up of experts who are better than the coach in some aspects… So for me personally, it was important to have people in my environment who discuss things with me, who give me their opinions, but who are loyal to me and who are reliable.
Neuer is of course the best goalkeeper in the world.
Those who know me are aware that I stand by my mistakes or non-working strategies.
World Cups and European Championships should feature the best teams. When you keep increasing the number of teams, you dilute the quality.
When you lose a game, you are annoyed.
If a player is 20 or 21 and sits on the bench for two or three years, I don’t know if that’s useful.
Penalty shoot-outs depend on so many things.
The high demands on teams in national leagues and of course the Champions League – it’s too much.
I am coach of the Germany national team and there are not many jobs in the world which are better than this.
You need superhuman performances at the World Cup.
I have to tip my hat to those who have worked closely with me from the start. All these people have backed me up when it was more difficult, urging me on, so thanks to them.
You always want to see the best players in action at a World Cup, and the players always want to measure themselves up to the very best.
Everybody wants to have the ball and be perfect with it.
You cannot let him out of your sight, literally. You’ve always got to ask: ‘what’s Ronaldo doing, where is Ronaldo?’
Sometimes it’s natural to do the safe pass, the no-frills thing, to pass it back to the goalkeeper. But I want them to do the daring thing.
I had the idea to bring an experimental squad to the Confederations Cup in 2014.
The World Cup is the toughest challenge there is. You have seven matches where you have to bring your best and cannot let up at any turn.
If players from our national team are playing in the Bundesliga, it for me shows that it is at least as strong and attractive as the Premier League or La Liga.
One win more, one defeat more. There are other important things: family, friendship, values.
There are things you can learn about certain players while watching them in action in a friendly.
I take sporting criticism on board very keenly and with deference, and I also try to make decisions based on it.
Static strikers do not exist anymore.
I tell my team: if we win the ball, I want to see the ball in the goal in eight seconds. That’s my philosophy.
Mesut Ozil, a Mario Gotze, a Mats Hummels, a Holger Badstuber, and so on – they are very mature even in their younger years.
Good teams have good rotation.
I don’t think it’s such a bad thing to have internal debate between coach and leading players.
Pep Guardiola was very good for the Bundesliga.
The English clubs Arsenal and Manchester United focus on continuity with the same coaches for years.
People always think that somehow they know everything, can do everything.
A coach needs to be a psychologist, because during a tournament you’re looking after a team of players which is being watched closely and put under a lot of pressure.
In 2014, we won the World Cup without a big superstar. We won with a team performance where everyone brought something to the team and gave everything for the team.
If you look at the players, they need more of a break. Some players only get as little as three weeks after a major tournament and it’s straight back to the grind.
Klopp would be a great addition to any team.
Gotze is a miracle boy, a boy wonder. He can play any position up front.
There has never been even a hint of an expression of racism in the national team.
Cristiano Ronaldo is sensational, a very good professional, an incredible goalscoring machine for many years, but Messi is the most complete player I have seen.
If a player has good technique and a good basic speed, but is slow in the head, this may reduce his value to the team.
It’s a long time since men’s cosmetics were considered uncool.
I strongly favour attractive football.
Sometimes you learn the most from your defeats.
I don’t think we should compare club teams with international teams because they are different cups of tea.
Stefan Kiessling is a striker who has put in very good performances in the Bundesliga over the years.
You will often see a young player have something of a hangover following a major tournament.
Good physical conditioning is essential for success.
If you become world champions, there is nothing to top that. It’s the result of many years of work, good decisions inside the association, good training and good players.
We don’t play to grind out goalless draws.
Every game brings important insights.
Intelligent players are receptive and capable of implementation.
I am very grateful for the belief that the DFB has shown in me and I feel, generally, that despite the justified criticism towards me, I feel a lot of support and encouragement too.
I know lots of Korean players, Heung-Min Son from Tottenham Hotspur of course, there are also lots in the Bundesliga. They have a great mentality and are very quick.
German virtues are now about technically good players playing attacking football.
I consider 100 wins to be better than 100 defeats.
Sometimes I just have to follow my intuition.
The end of a tournament is a good time to pause.
Ozil is a great distributor and does a lot of running.
The joy of the Brazilians in football is a wonderful thing no matter where you go.