“Have a nice party!” This is how national coach Domenico Tedesco concluded his press conference on Sunday. It characterizes the German-Italian national coach, who turned out to be a breath of fresh air after too many years in Roberto Martinez.
Tedesco addressed the press: “I would like to thank everyone here for a positive collaboration this first year,” he said. And it was. Tedesco was straightforward in his first campaign at the helm. Friendly and always ready to answer. If he didn’t want to answer it, he said that instead of ‘a white lie’.
Courtois situation handled well
That’s how he treated his group. If he didn’t like something, it was said immediately. We think he also handled the situation with Thibaut Courtois correctly. You know something like this will leak, so you better make it public immediately. If he had kept it quiet, suspicion would have already arisen.
Just as he immediately gave a signal that there is no one above the group. He scored points with his successful rejuvenation. Tedesco may have appointed captains (Vertonghen, De Bruyne, Lukaku, Carrasco, Courtois), but they must also adhere to his laws. Although their status is different: they may have a bad period, but they will always play.
Tactically very strong
That’s just how the hierarchy of a dressing room works. And everyone can live with that. Especially if you also receive proper tactical instructions. Because that was a frustration for some of those strongmen. Under Martinez – with a slight sense of exaggeration – sometimes a ball was thrown on the field and the rest they had to solve themselves.
Too much focus on the individual instead of the team. That has now changed. Tedesco has drawn out walking routes for everyone. Everyone knows where to stand at what time of the match. Or almost should. That is why the national coach was not happy that there still had to be practice in June, because he would have preferred to just train tactically.
The German school: efficiency comes from preparation. Gründlichkeit! Tedesco would prefer that his players be able to anticipate every possible situation because they have seen it before in training. However, that’s not how it works with a national team and he knows it.
But he is on the right track. Yes, it’s a nice collaboration for us too…