The Dutch midfielder says he enjoyed playing under Pep Guardiola, as he was the “best manager at the moment.”
Bayern Munich midfielder Arjen Robben has taken some time off his preparation for the game against Liverpool to talk about two of the world’s best coaches: Pep Guardiola and Jose Mourinho.
“I’m a big Pep fan. I enjoy the game, I’m an attacking player and I want to play football,” he told The Sportsman.
“But of course I also realize… and then you start to think like a coach… that you have to look at the quality of your players or the team you have, and what’s the best thing to do, the best system.”
“For example, when I started here with Pep Guardiola, who for me is maybe the best manager there is at the moment,” he explained.
“Normally, at my age — I started with him at 29 — normally you say you’re not really going to improve yourself again and make steps.”
“But with him, I think I still developed as a player and made some small steps and improved some little things and that’s interesting,” he continued praising Guardiola.
“He’s just a very special guy in terms of tactics in the game and the way he improves the game. He loves football. But he loves to have the ball.”
“He doesn’t love to run after the ball. It’s just interesting the way he lives and breathes football for 24 hours a day. It’s always difficult to say the best period — but I really, really loved it,” Robben added.
One of the luckiest players in the world, Robben has been managed also by Jose Mourinho, when he was a young Chelsea footballer.
“I think we were very offensive. We played with two strikers, with two wingers. It was like a 4-4-2, a lot of offensive players as well on the pitch,” he started explaining.”
“But what I remember about that period is the team. It was a real team altogether, the players, the characters all fit together very, very well.”
‘We had a great manager as well in Mourinho, who made sure that the team spirit was working well and of course, for the club, it was the first time that we won the league in 50 years,” he said.
“And for me, it was a big, big step because I was still very young. I was 20. It was the first time I went abroad. You have to adapt quickly and especially if you are that young, you have to grow up very quickly.”
— Arjen Robben (@ArjenRobben) October 14, 2016