“Losses make me stronger”

Fernando Gago he spoke openly. The coach, with seven consecutive victories at the helm of Racing, the only undefeated player in the Professional League Cup, had a very football-oriented interview and gave details of his search for him as a coach.

“My teams must dominate as many games as possible, The longer the team has the ball in the game, the more secure it feels. I believe in that, being a protagonist, being intense, having scoring situations. The risks have to be, if you want to win there is always risk, “he reflected.

“I have a consideration of what I want my teams to do. I try to understand the rival’s strong point and weakness and from that think what we do. The main teams call my attention, there are others that grow from the defensive and have the feeling that it is difficult to enter them, that they can create a scoring situation with few passes, “he added.

Losses make me stronger. Losing teaches me to insist again, to believe again, to continue on the path. I am convinced that if you work hard, the result is there in the long run. And you have to create the feeling that you don’t have to change for a result. There are going to be game situations where you can finish with ten defenders, yes. All that is the beautiful thing about soccer, “he said in an interview with the Conmebol Sudamericana site (on Wednesday he receives Cuiaba).

“Lately I’m not watching football, only our matches and possible rivals. I try to dedicate myself to what Racing is,” he said.

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“It is always easier when the things that happen are what is worked on during the week. The player sees that and the results are part of it, when they are good, everything is enhanced,” he said.

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“I try to make the player feel comfortable, that he understands why things are done, that he sees a way of playing and that things can be achieved that way.”

“For me, the center-back, the nine, is important… But because of my past as a footballer, I like the internal game. There are many characteristics, he has to have a good pass, take off, goal, arrival… It is difficult to find players with all the characteristics, some enhance one and others, another, one seeks a balance”.

Gago with De Felippe, DT of Platense, in the last victory.

Gago with De Felippe, DT of Platense, in the last victory.

“When playing with extremes we have amplitude in all the field. You will generate the individual duel of one against one, with the option of passing to an area in which you generate the game, you have external positioning and the rival finds the field long, the movement is deeper.

“I learned to train with coaches who opened my mind in different situations. From that I created my idea of ​​the game, how I want my teams to play and adapt to the players”.

“I have a way of seeing football and I believe in what I am capable of teaching and showing the footballer. Also, of adapting to the moments of the players. I, for example, played with wines that were not, to generate numerical superiority inside “.

“I look at the rival a lot to see where I can hurt and then devise a plan for the game. Then there is the player’s decision making. We mark game situations that happen. On the field the player decides. I give them the options to solve, so they know what they’re doing.

“The conviction helps the player, who sees that the things that are trained happen and thus have the least possible risk. There is already an open analysis of what an opponent can do, that makes things easier”.

“I stole ideas from all the coaches, I learned things not to do from all of them. I’m going to make a lot of mistakes and the players are going to learn from that when they want to be coaches.”

“There were two technicians who marked me, Luis Enrique and Heinze. The Spanish (NDE: in Roma) in the way of training, in the way of solving the game, of understanding why. That’s what I tried in my last years. It’s hard, it takes time. When the technicians give you that ease and open up that range of things, everything is much easier”.

“From Heinze (in Vélez) I learned a lot, from those who taught me the most about group management, how to play, the system, to understand why. On top of that I have a friendly relationship with him”.

“Sometimes words are searched for that are pre-established movements. And it is not like that. There are movements that, depending on how the rival moves, we are going to have a free player. I can say that the goalkeeper is going to be squeezed. If they do, I have to provide a solution. From that is to understand the movement to generate offensive situations from a gestation phase”.

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“We have played in other games with another version, we work on variants of what can happen, there is work from the preseason, systems and solutions are sought. The player incorporates it and has it as something natural”.

Fernando Gago against the Squid.

Fernando Gago against the Squid.

“The player needs the confidence of the coaching staff, the positive energy. I was a footballer and the most beautiful thing is the group, the unity within the locker room. All this added to the way of playing, to the result”.

“It is established that the one who wins is the best, I don’t believe in that. But football is like that, journalism believes it, people believe it. I want to win everything, I compete for that, but there is a process behind that I want to carry out. I am convinced of what I do. I want my teams to compete match by match.”

“When I went up to Primera it was a different mentality, today there are social networks. You have to adapt, I try to be as close to the player as possible, to teach him, from situations that you are living in football. You can handle this like this”.

“I train every day and the players teach me every day. There are game situations that don’t go through the virtue of the player and I have to give it a spin to understand why I didn’t see this before”.

“I chose to work in my country because I like Argentine football, how it is lived, the passion of the fans. It can be improved a lot, but from the outside it cannot be achieved, each coach trains what he knows and what he wants to teach. I like my teams to attack, but I don’t like them to score goals either. We always end up in the same situation. I prefer to try to come out playing, because the more I have the ball, the fewer situations the rival will have. From a long shot there is a 50% chance for my team and the rival”.

“I want to explain why to the player, show him with images, which add up a lot visually, to try to understand and see what happens on the pitch and what happens later in the game. Then there are situations in which the players make decisions on their own , that’s the nice thing for the group”.

“There are players you don’t have to talk to, the less you talk to them they have a better time. You have to encourage others, motivate them more, wake them up. That’s the touch of each person. You see this day by day, you see how each player reacts to a word. That’s the human being, not just the football player.”

“When you win it helps a lot. I want to win, compete. Then you look for a way to see why it didn’t go as planned. It wasn’t enough, you have to play better, you see it over time and you analyze it.”

“The satisfaction as a coach when you win is greater because there are many hours with the player. The pressure and the sensations that I have as a coach are different from those of the footballer”.

When asked about the integration of his coaching staff, he said: “It’s a matter of trust, of capacity, it’s not about being friends. One looks for situations in which I don’t agree and they explain to me why. I try to convince them that something could happen.”

“The dribbling is the most beautiful thing in football, the most unbalancing thing in the game. I try to often generate that one-on-one, the one who executes is the player. I don’t want the goalkeeper to dribble in the small area”.

“There are fewer dribblers than before because football has changed, it’s much more dynamic, one-on-one isn’t seen as much.”

“In the South American you have to compete, I’ve had to play it and win it. It’s difficult. You need that feeling of a team that wants to be there. We have a local tournament ahead of us and we have to arrive in the best shape in each game”.

“It is different to play against teams from other countries, there are more spaces and we have to take advantage of them at the moment we are here”.

“Racing gave me a lot, I see the sense of belonging they have from the employees to the fans. The call for each game, which is always there, from the good results a very important link is generated”.