The much traveled Portuguese wants more communication from his players.
“I think overall, comparing examples of my time as an assistant coach, Barcelona, Porto, 25 years ago or so, the players they used to be together all the time, No Xbox, PlayStation, social media. Quite the beginning of mobile phones. But players used to spend all the time together. Even when you go to hotels, together all the time, [it is] much easier to develop intimacy, trust, build a certain dynamic in the group. In a hotel, every player has his own bedroom, they go there, they are not alone, they are on Zoom, FaceTime, they are on social media ‘together’ playing some Xbox or PlayStation, but they don’t need to share the same space. Just a society thing the interaction is different. But probably at a personality level, you don’t get the same kind of communication that you had. We need to stimulate it all the time, not to be closed in their own shell. It’s a team effort, team group, team sport you don’t play alone. A team has to be more than the sum of the individuals. You need to interact, communicate, share ideas. You need to discuss what happened in the game, need to motivate each other. I believe this; I believe there are some managers that don’t do that. I am upset with silence. I hate the silence in a dressing room, in a meeting, I hate monologues, I don’t like to be in front of the players, speaking for 20 minutes without interaction. Something I stimulate, my way of being, my way of leading. My team the other day showed me the other day they need to improve at that level” He said.