Allegri: ‘Ronaldo is the top player for mentality’

Sat 05 December 2020 | 10:51

The Italian coach Massimiliano Allegri has worked with many superstars during his career but he believes Cristiano Ronaldo "is the top player for mentality.”

Massimiliano Allegri


Cristiano Ronaldo

in his last year at


in 2018-19. He has also coached AC Milan to the title in 2010-11.

After working with many superstars, he believes Ronaldo "is the top player for mentality”.

“I had a lot of strong players, with strong mentality,” he said. “Defenders like (Giorgio) Chiellini and (Alessandro) Nesta, midfielders like (Gennaro) Gattuso and (Clarence) Seedorf and strikers like (Zlatan) Ibrahimovic and (Cristiano) Ronaldo.

“Ronaldo is the top player for mentality. Ronaldo has a different head to everyone. He’s won five Ballons d’Or, five Champions Leagues, and one European Championship for Portugal, and that is so difficult, and it’s always him being the difference. Every year he has a new objective.”

After being away for some time, he has expressed his desire to manage in the

Premier League

and explained his methods of working with players.

“A coach should not create anxiety for players. If you start only from your ideas, your credo, and you don’t start from the quality of the human material you have in your hands, I consider that a big mistake.

“The game is decided by players. I agree with other trainers that the team has to have the organization, and tactics, but it is important that the individual plays well.

“I can see from how a player is running how he feels. “Body language tells you a lot. The same thing when you go to the paddock before a race and you see the horses moving. If you understand horses you can see who’s feeling best. I have this opinion about the similarity of horses and people.

“Racehorses are athletes as well, with the disadvantage that they can’t speak to you! So you have to read the body language.

“The trainer has to be a psychologist. 80 percent is psychology, 20 percent is tactics. We need to look in players’ heads because they’re young, they’re ‘children’.

“We need to speak to them every day, know everything about them, understand their problems. The problems of an 18-year-old boy are different from a veteran. When the trainer has to put a player on the bench, it’s important the player has faith in the trainer. The first quality for a coach is psychology.”

source: SportMob

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