Marco Rose honors Jürgen Klopp: He shaped me

He may be the new head coach of Borussia Mönchengladbach, but Marco Rose didn’t shy away from praising Jürgen Klopp as his favorite football visionary.

After becoming the new manager of Borussia Mönchengladbach, Marco Rose applauded Liverpool’s pillar, Jürgen Klopp, on his outstanding leadership and mentoring qualities.

Speaking for the first time at the Wednesday club press conference, Rose recalled his professionally seamless collaboration with Klopp, which began back in 2002.

“I spent a lot of years under Klopp and it was a great time,” Rose said. “He shaped all of us. We picked up a few things in terms of football, but above all, it was the way he was with people [that was influential]. Maybe there are a few parallels with Jürgen, but I’ve also found my own style.”

His style certainly resulted in a staggering career advance, with Rose winning the UEFA Youth League as part of the Red Bull Salzburg U19s in 2016/17 season.

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“The basic ideas behind my playing philosophy are emotionality, hunger and being active,” Rose explained, as per Bundesliga. “We want to be very active working against the ball when we lose possession, lots of sprinting. We want to win the ball high up the pitch and have a short path to a goal. And when we have the ball ourselves, we want to play well; we don’t want to punt high balls up the pitch, but be quick and dynamic getting forward.”

Marco Rose Honors Jürgen Klopp: He shaped me
MOENCHENGLADBACH, GERMANY – MAY 29: Marco Rose during his presentation as new head coach of Borussia Moenchengladbach at Postbank-Presseclub on May 29, 2019, in Moenchengladbach, Germany. (Photo by Joshua Sammer/Bongarts/Getty Images)

Regardless, Rose believes that offering quality club football will not be a walk in the park.
“I know, that all sounds really amazing,” he noted. “We’ll need some time to put these things into practice.

“I’m aware that the expectations are high, but I won’t be focusing too much on our position in the table initially. The key thing for me is how we perform. The fans should be able to say that they identify with our football. But obviously you also need to win games in the Bundesliga and deliver results, I know that. And I’m confident we will get results.”

Borussia showed massive progress in the 2018/2019 season, finishing fifth on the Bundesliga table. With this, the team successfully qualified for next season’s UEFA Europa League. Now, Rose plans to push his club higher on the table, possibly scoring a Champions League spot.

“Borussia is a club with massive potential,” Rose concluded. “That potential was definitely exploited last season by finishing fifth. Now we want to continue developing in certain areas and to try to stay as successful as possible.”

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