neuro-athletics specialist: ‘Musiala has a magnet on his foot’

Tue 14 September 2021 | 17:34

A neuro-athletics specialist believes there is no reason why a driven character like Jamal Musiala can not reach the very top of the game by becoming a more all-around performer.

Bayern Munich


Jamal Musiala

had a memorable 2020-21 campaign as he was able to score his first senior goals through 37 appearances and also received international recognition with Germany at Euro 2020.

However, he is far from being the finished article and is trying to work on his faults at Bayern Munich. Neuro-athletic coach

Steffen Tepel

is one of those people, who are working with Musiala to take his game to another level.

Tepel told


of impressive development that the 18-year-old has been made to this point:

"Jamal's success is based primarily on his exceptional work ethic. It's made him acquire things, as Julian Nagelsmann said the other day, he plays as if he has a magnet on his foot.

"In terms of dribbling, you can't teach him that much even at 18; his imagination in one-on-one situations is simply a special gift. He has an incredibly good feel for where the ball is around him and what's happening in the zone he's in.

"His coordination, coupled with his technical skills and signature lightning-fast lateral movements, make it possible for him to weave his way through opposing lines. These are high neuronal requirements, which Jamal masters superbly.

"But as I said, he's also a very ambitious boy who works on himself obsessively and constantly wants to improve things in addition to his training at FC Bayern. And this is where we come in."

There are areas that Musiala should work on and Tepel is hoping to play a part in addressing those deficiencies and his plan is to turn him into a player who can do a bit of everything.

He added on the ambitious midfielder and the skill sets he is looking to refine:

"On his touch and how he handles the ball. His first contact is already very good, but there's still room for improvement.

"In the meantime, we know that once Jamal has the ball under control, he's ready to go. The goal, however, is to receive and carry the ball even faster and more efficiently than before, especially with harder passes or when turning towards the opponents' goal.

"It's about always being half a step ahead and being able to follow up immediately after receiving the ball. In addition, we place great emphasis on overall joint control in training. Jamal should become the boss of his body."

source: SportMob

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