贝尼特斯:在中国做事,耐心非常重要

似乎我们来到中国很久了,但我们到这里仅三个月。在三个月的时间里,随着交流,我们正在学习并适应中国的足球和文化,同时,我们试图贯彻欧洲的足球理念,一种从水平较低的联赛到顶级联赛的方法。

作为该项目的一部分,我们带了10名西班牙教练来训练6至10岁的小球员。我们还带了教练员来培训中国教练,以确保每个人都遵循相同的想法,训练,比赛方式(我们不是在谈论系统,系统可以根据球员而改变,这只是一种保证小球员在持球和传球过程中一致的想法)。后来,如果他们在另一个级别上比赛,他们将不得不适应不同的系统和策略来赢得比赛,现在更多的是关于开发技巧和对比赛的理解。 训练员将在学院工作,并与U-17和U-19和预备队紧密合作。新的培训基地正在不断发展,一旦完成,每个人都将聚集在同一个训练中心,此后的交流和沟通跟现在比更加方便。

训练中心将在1月初完成,万达集团是一家大型建筑公司,所以我认为他们能够如期完成。但是无论如何,中国的联赛时间与欧洲完全不同,所以我们的季前赛很复杂,从一年的赛季结束(12月1日)到新赛季的第一场比赛之间有三个月的时间。 通常在三月初开始联赛。

我喜欢在季前赛时不去太多的地方,也不想签约太多的新球员,最重要的是,在中国,您必须非常仔细地考虑天气。在上次的国际比赛日,由于台风经过上海,我的一些工作人员无法及时赶到,这使机场不得不取消几天内的所有航班,因此在全国范围内旅行比在欧洲更加负责。

但这就是需要适应的全部内容。当您进入一个新团队时,您需要收集尽可能多的信息。一个好的经理人已经了解了球员(例如,在英超联赛中要容易得多),您已经习惯了联赛,并且往往会了解所有球员,知道每个团队的系统,因此当你加入一个新团队时,你不会有太多的意外。您需要了解您想要使用的球员,以及如何发挥才能改善球队。在中国,我们(和我所有的员工)和我们的团队大连一方足球俱乐部必须观看每场比赛,以确保我们掌握每个球员的信息,他们的最佳位置,以及我们需要与每个球员进行交流(通过翻译)以进一步了解他们。

当我刚开始执教的时候,球队处于积分榜后半段,后来我们开始赢球,使用了四后卫阵型(1-4-2-3-1是我最喜欢的振兴,在巴伦西亚,利物浦或那不勒斯),经过几场比赛,我们发现了防守上的一些问题,改为五后卫阵型(进攻中1-5-4-1或1-3-4-2-1)。通过在合适的位置上安排合适的球员,我们现在可以获得更多的平衡,但是我们仍然需要提高对龙东的支持,我们需要可以与他串联的人,我们需要与我们的球员一起努力。

在中国,你需要了解一些联赛的细节。守门员必须是中国人,防守者也必须是中国人,因此这是最难改进的部分,因为我们在沟通和协调方面有障碍。在中场,有曾经在那不勒斯效力的哈姆西克,所以他知道我们想要什么。卡拉斯科作为边锋可为我们提供出色的控球能力,并且可以让出色的球员传球,这在现代足球中很难找到。龙东和博阿滕也会提前知道我们想要什么,因此,我们跟之前比取得了更多的进球,为了进球我们也需要做出一些让步,但是我敢肯定,我们会找到平衡的。与任何地方一样,很难找到适合中国联赛的中国球员,因此,我们延长了一些年轻球员的合同,并花费了大量时间与他们单独或团队培训。我们向他们展示培训课程和比赛的视频,并一遍又一遍地重复动作和技巧。最重要的是,我们试图向他们解释为什么某些地方可能出问题或出了什么问题,我们问他们原因,以提高他们的能力。我们通常使用五名或四名后卫的阵容;我们会同时使用两种系统进行练习,以确保它们可以使用其中任何一种。我必须说,这些年轻球员非常热衷于学习,并且每天都非常努力。

在季前赛方面,在欧洲你需要进行6周的训练来参加首场比赛,而在中国,则需要3个月的时间才能开始比赛,因此您必须将时间划分为多个部分:开始时,在中国需要15天,然后是春节假期。此后,我们将在欧洲有一个月的时间,因为欧洲的天气更好一些,在大连,这几个月是非常寒冷,而且风很大,因此我们将先去西班牙训练营,然后再回到中国一周,来避免时差问题。这与我们在爱尔兰,瑞士或德国的欧洲球队的季前赛完全不同。

在中国耐心是很重要的一个词,您必须适应另一种做事方式。现在已经有了明显的改善,但是我们仍在调整中,在不忘记中国球员的情况下找到新的球员,这些球员对于将来球队的成功至关重要。在这里的每天都很忙,我们已经创建了一个球探团队,以便在进行任何新的签约之前收集尽可能多的信息,并且已经在下一个赛季中通过寻找球员和更多的球探来用更专业的方式继续做事。

上周是中华人民共和国成立70周年,它是这个国家的力量和潜力的体现,有超过十万人参加,我在西班牙媒体上读到一则关于阅兵人员整齐划一的评论。您能想象一下这种能力和足球相融合吗?中国可以说的是世界上球迷最多的国家之一,他们想在2030年冲进世界杯,这就是中国足协邀请教练和注重方法的重要的因之一。

与此同时,我们在忙碌的一周后有一天的休息,每天两次训练,工作人员将分配时间,来保持良好的精神状态。我显然很喜欢欧洲足球比赛,例如,您可以在电视上观看德甲,我们也可以进入其他联赛。我很高兴看到内马尔在击败昂热时,用他的能力和努力为PSG带来了改变,他的目标是决赛。而且,我甚至更高兴看到雷纳在最后时刻扑出点球,以确保AC米兰在热那亚获得3分。

显然,我关注的大多是我曾经执教的球队。对于瓦伦西亚来说,更换教练(我的朋友马塞里诺)是一个奇怪的决定,但是看到他们对阵拉科鲁尼亚和阿拉维斯都赢了2-1,我很高兴。我的另一位前球员阿扎尔为皇家马德里队进球,他是一位出色的球员,可以在任何一场比赛中发挥作用。我最感兴趣的还是英超联赛,所以我总是尽可能地多看一些比赛。很难解释热刺的近况,但是我相信他们在整个赛季中都会做得更好。诺维奇对阿斯顿维拉的比赛,霍里哈内打进了一个伟大的进球,就像康诺利对布莱顿对阵热刺的第二个进球。阿约兹助麦迪森对阵利物浦,但还不足以阻止他们,而利物浦在最后一分钟的进球为他们提供了完美的得分起点。恭喜你。

大卫·路易斯在阿森纳改善了球队的防守,并通过进球帮助他们取得积分。我敢肯定,枪手会对此感到满意。我们不需要谈论足球的体系或风格,但是可以看出,曼城和曼联在各自的比赛中都占有一席之地,而狼队和纽卡斯尔联队则没有得分。因此,这引发了关于球队资金充足的重要性或拥有一个良好的比赛计划和反击以最大化您拥有的财产是否更有益的辩论。

我非常高兴看到MattyLongstaff为纽卡斯尔打入制胜进球;当他在我手下训练时他很棒,而史蒂夫·布鲁斯(SteveBruce)决定让他参加比赛是一个很好的决定。我也很高兴看到几个Geordies同时玩耍。卡洛尔,肖恩和马蒂;当然,不难发现投资青训的好处吗?10年中每年400万英镑意味着4000万英镑(一名球员);在我看来,十年来每年一次的“长棍”交易对我来说是件好事。

从表面上看,利物浦目前具有很大的优势,现在还不能说太多,但曼城不能犯太多错误,否则压力可能会太大。特别是此后,他们将开始考虑冠军联赛,而不再关注英超联赛,这显然对利物浦有利。

现在,对于我们来说,在国际比赛日期间还有一些时间训练和改进球队,以确保我们在上海的下一场比赛做好准备。同时,我们必须继续进行球队结构改善,以创一个可以在不失去当前的情况下,发展和改善中国球队的结构。

英文原文

It seems a long time ago that we arrived in China, but we have been here just three months. In three months, with international breaks in between, we are learning and adapting to the Chinese football and culture and at the same time, trying to implement the European idea of football, a methodology to use from the lower teams up to the First Team.

As a part of this project, we have brought 10 Spanish coaches for working with the schoolboys, from 6 to 10 years old. We have also brought coordinators to train the Chinese coaches to ensure that everybody follows the same idea, the exercises, the way to play (we aren’t talking about the system, the systems can change depending on players, it is just the idea of keeping and passing the ball being sure the kids are comfortable on the ball). Later on, if they play on another level they will have to adapt to different systems and tactics to win games, now it is more about developing the technique and the understanding of the game. The coordinators will work in the Academy, with the U-17s who will work close to the U-19s and Reserve Team. The new training ground is progressing and once it is done everybody will be together in the same facility, so the communication will be easier than it is at the moment when we are a little bit further from each other.

It seems everything is to be finished at the beginning of January, and the Wanda Group is a massive construction company so I think they will do it. But anyway, the calendar in China is totally different to the one in Europe, so we have a complicated preseason, with there being three months between the end of one year’s season on the 1 st of December and the 1st game of the new season that is usually at the beginning of March.

Final training ground facility

Training ground, work in progress (03-09-2019)

I like to do the preseason without travelling too much and also with having the majority of the new players signed, and on top of this, here in China you have to consider the weather very carefully. In the last international break some of the members of my staff couldn’t make it in time because of a typhoon passing through Shanghai which made the airport have to cancel all flights for a couple of days, so moving around the country is more complicated than in Europe.

But that is all part of the adaptation. When you go to a new team, you need to collect as much information as you can. A good manager will already know the players (it is a lot easier in the Premier League for example), you are used to following the league and you tend to know all of the players, you know the systems of every team and as a result when you go to a new team you won’t have too many surprises. You need to know the players that you want to be using and also how you will play to improve the team. Here in China, with our team, Dalian Yifang FC, we (all my staff and I) have to watch every game to ensure we have the information about every player, their best positions and also, we need to

talk with each player (via translator) to know more about them.

The team was at the bottom half of the table, and when we arrived we started doing what they often did when they did win, playing four at the back (1-4-2-3-1 my favourite system in Valencia, Liverpool or Napoli), and after some games, we identified some problems in defence and changed to playing five at the back (1-5-4-1 or 1-3-4-2-1 in attack). With the right players in the right positions we now have more balance, but we still need to improve the support to Rondón, we need people that can link with him or at least, we need to work on that with our players.

There are some details you need to know. The keeper has to be Chinese and the defenders are Chinese too, so this is the most difficult part to improve because of our difficulty with communication and coordinating as a result. In the middle of the pitch we have Hamsik who used to play for us at Napoli, so knows what we want; Carrasco as a winger gives us a lot of quality on the ball and can pass well players, something which is difficult to find in modern football. Up front, Rondón and Boateng know exactly what we want, so, we are able to score more goals than in the past, yet we continue to concede goals that we must learn to avoid, but I’m sure we will find the balance. As with anywhere, it is difficult to find the Chinese players to fit into our system on the market, so, we extended the contracts of some of our younger players and are spending a lot of time working with them, individually and in groups. We show them videos of the training sessions and games and repeat movements and techniques over and over. The most important thing is that we try to explain to them why something may go wrong or may have gone wrong, we ask them why, to improve them as players. We use to work with a line of five or a line of four defenders; we practice with both systems just to be sure they can play any of them. I have to say, these young players are very keen to learn and they work very hard every single day.

In terms of the preseason, in Europe you have 6 weeks of hard work before the first official match, in China, you have three months before the start, so you have to divide the time into blocks: at the beginning, 15 days in China, then around one week holidays in January for the New Chinese Year. Afterwards, we will have one month in Europe to ensure the weather conditions are right as in Dalian it is very cold during these months and also very windy so we’ll go to Spain for a training camp before returning to China one week before our first game, to avoid problems with ‘jet lag’. It is totally different to our preseasons in Ireland, Switzerland or Germany with European teams.

Patience is the key word in China, you have to adapt to another way of doing things. There are obvious improvements already but we are still adjusting to the organization structure, bringing in new people without forgetting the Chinese staff who will be crucial for the success of the project in the future. Every day is busy, we have created a Scouting Department to collect as much information as possible before making any new signings, and are already working on the next season through looking for players and also for more staff to continue doing things in a professional way.

Last week was the 70 th anniversary of the creation of the People’s Republic of China, it was a big demonstration of the power and the potential of this country, there were more than 100,000 people and I read one comment in the Spanish press about the perfect coordination of the soldiers during the parade. Can you image this energy being and skills ‘football orientated’? We could be talking about one of the biggest nations in world football and they want to manage it for 2030 and the World Cup, that is one of the reasons why investing in coaches and methodology is so important for the Chinese Football Federation.

Whilst I’m writing this lines we have a day off to relax after a busy week with double training sessions every day and the staff will share time together to keep up a good spirit. I also obviously like to follow the European Football, here for example, you can watch the German Bundesliga on the TV, and we also have access to the other leagues. I was happy to see Neymar making a difference for PSG with his ability and pace when they beat Angers, with his goal being the final one. And, I was even happier to see Pepe (Reina) saving a penalty in the last minute to secure three points for his team AC Milan against Genoa.

Obviously I follow some of ‘my teams’. It was a strange decision for Valencia to change the coach, my friend, Marcelino, but I was happy regardless to see them wining 2-1 against Deportivo Alavés. Another one of my ex-players, Eden Hazard, scored for Real Madrid, he is a great player who can make the difference in any game.

My main interest is the Premier League, so I always try to watch some games whenever I can. It is difficult to explain what happened at Tottenham, but I’m sure they will do better throughout the season. Norwich against Aston Villa left a great goal from Hourihane, like the second goal of Connolly for Brighton against Tottenham. Ayoze gave an assist to Maddison to score against Liverpool but it wasn’t enough to stop them and Liverpool’s goal in the last minute gave them the perfect start in terms of points. Congratulations.

David Luiz went to Arsenal to improve the defence and is helping them gain points with his ability to score goals; I’m sure Emery will be happy with that. We don’t need to talk about systems or style of football, but it can be seen that Manchester City and Manchester United had the possession in their respective games while Wolves and Newcastle United were the ones who went away with the points. So, that opens a debate on how important possession is, or whether it is more beneficial to have a good game plan and counterattack to maximise what you have at your disposal.

I was really pleased to see Matty Longstaff scoring the winning goal for Newcastle; he was great when he was training with us and it was a good decision from Steve Bruce to make him play. I was also happy to see a few Geordies playing together at the same time; Carroll, Sean and Matty; surely it shouldn’t be difficult to see the benefits of investing in the Academy? 4m every year for 10 years means 40 m (one player); one ‘Longstaff’ every year for ten years seems good business to me.

It you look at the table Liverpool has a great advantage at the moment, it is too early to tell much from that, but Manchester City can’t make too many mistakes or the pressure might become too much. Especially as later they will start thinking about the Champions League and lose their focus on the Premier League which obviously would be good for Liverpool.

Now, for us, there is some time to train and to improve the team during the international break to make sure we are ready for our next two games in Shanghai. At the same time, we have to continue with the project to create a structure that can develop and improve Chinese players for the future without forgetting about the present.