Teams coached by Roger Schmidt, who has an agreement with Benfica, from La Liga, stand out due to offensive spinners, ex-footballer Jonathan Soriano, who crossed paths with the German coach, has been traced to Lusa’s agency.
“He is a very strong coach, with passion, a clear idea and offensive football. He prioritizes attacking rather than defending and tries to win. It will always be attractive matches. He will win and lose, but that will always be a spectacle,” stressed the 36-year-old former striker. years, led by the German in Salzburg (2012-2014) and Beijing Guoan (2017-2018).
The 55-year-old coach is at the end of his contract with the Dutch club Eindhoven, who has been training since 2020/21, after, in addition to his experiences in Austria and China, he coached the Germans Bayer Leverkusen, Paderborn, Bryusen. Munster and Delbroker.
“In Germany, Bayer Leverkusen again had success and regularity in being in the Champions League. Then they managed to get a historic club, which had not won titles for some time, to win the China Cup. Now, they have lifted the country with a low cup.. That means he is a successful coach.” I am confident that Benfica will win trophies with their style of play and because it is a club that you win a lot.”
Over the course of a career full of goals, Jonathan Soriano scored 102 goals in 109 matches under Roger Schmidt, who was ordered to “press hard after losing the ball in the frontal areas”, reducing the path to the opposite goal.
“It is not good for the player to score a lot of goals, but he does not run defensively. That does not exist. With him, we have to run and it doesn’t matter whether he scores or not. They defend the 11 and attack the 11 with a lot of movement. That is. Leaving the striker in the area. It requires him to run and even fall on the wing. In other words, the whole team must be in motion, “he assessed.
The German coach’s football vertical has implications for his training, which is “very intense with and without the ball”, allowing players to approach matches “with the mindset that the things they train are what they will do on the pitch”. .
“Training is the most important thing that Roger Schmidt has. It’s not about the tactical system, it’s the idea of the game. In the end, it’s the same gameplay as in ‘4-4-2’, ‘4-2 -3-1’ or ‘4-3- 3’, because the idea is always the same, although it also logically depends on the opponent. You will see an intense team, with a lot of pressing and a lot of running”, repeated the Catalan.
Underestimating the value of the language barrier in the imminent arrival of Benfica, because “the language of football is universal”, Jonathan Soriano, who competed in his country with Espanyol, Barcelona, Girona, Albacete or Almeria, among others, and accumulated experiences in the Saudi Al Hilal team also recalled the coexistence Daily Roger Schmidt with the team.
“He’s so close. He’s worried about the player’s life, knowing how his wife and kids are doing and not just whether he’s doing well in football. I remember the day I got my daughter’s birth ring. He was worried all the time. The time around our situation and it helped me a lot Calm in that sense,” the former striker, who watched the ex-midfielder drop as a coach in the international elite, paid tribute.
The former Spain under-21 international, who bid farewell to the pitch last season at Castellon, has worked with Pep Guardiola, Luis Enrique, Mauricio Pochettino, Ernesto Valverde and Jorge Jesus, but Roger Schmidt celebrated.
“When I arrived in Salzburg, I was kind of a player. I had my best years with him. It was the period when I had the most fun, the most titles I had and the best I had done personally. With Roger Schmidt we are always growing as footballers, Because our style is very different from what we are used to. If other coaches sought the tactical side more, I took a step forward with him and achieved good things,” he said.
Jonathan Soriano admits that the German is destined to be at a higher level, and sees in the Benfica option from next season a “very big step” on his way, as well as an opportunity “to take a historic club and achieve international success”.
The Catalan, who won the Spanish League, concluded by saying, “He is good tactically, has a very good mentality and is very human. I don’t think he can grow anymore, because he has an open face in all areas and worries about everything.” With Roger Schmidt and the Austrian Cup, both in 2013/14 with Salzburg, and the China Cup in 2018 with Beijing Guoan.
The Kierspe-born coach is preparing to steer the eighth club of his career and bring the foreigner back to the helm of the Eagles after 13 years with Spaniard Quique Flores, succeeding Nelson Verissimo, who came to replace Jorge Jesus in December 2021.