Benfica general manager Pedro Mel Homes received a BOLA at Seixal to talk about what it means to win the youth league. He spoke about Jorge Jesus, Luis Felipe Vieira, expressed his confidence in Rui Costa and explained the reasons that prompted Ruben Amorim not to sign with Benfica.
It was with Bruno Lage, there was some focus on training and then there was a big investment in signing Jesus and the players. How to manage, without depending on the circumstances, at the whim of the coach, the chances of youth?
– As a Benfica player and director of the Benfica campus, I have no problem with my opinion. Under the circumstances, it is poorly managed, because at that moment Benfica made a tactical change, not strategic, but tactical, which I respect, but I did not agree with. Benfica veered off course. Results, unfortunately, are in sight. How is it managed? Confidently run in the direction that is drawn upstream. And just because things went wrong at a certain point in time doesn’t mean changing the course group radically. Benfica there, unfortunately, did not manage this operation well. It is created through dialogue, the selection of people for technical guidance of the main team that go along with the project of the club. The club has a project and the people fit with certain degrees of freedom, but in a direction that must be maintained. Otherwise, the club loses its identity and genes. You have to be humble, accept that things haven’t gone well and that’s why Benfica has changed too. On our part, it is our expectation and desire to always interact with the technical trend of professional football. It’s not about selling our fish or saying, “Look at our guys here.” None of this. It is simply to give substance to the training project that the club decided to be a structural pillar of its sporting policy. This is why many technical teams in professional football have someone playing the role of escorting formation, to be closer to the teams transitioning to professional football, allowing dialogue, exchange of views, interaction and learning. Nothing unusual. When there is no such dialogue the situation is very difficult. Walls are built and walls never facilitate communication.
– What testimony can you give regarding Luis Felipe Vieira’s recent accusations that Rui Costa’s presence in Seixal practically did not exist?
I have great respect for former President Luis Felipe Vieira. It was he who invited me to come to work on the Benfica campus. Any Benfica fan will appreciate the great role he played, namely in the youth football project. He will be remembered by everyone as someone who played an instrumental role in creating these facilities and promoting the training work. Then life sometimes brings us things we don’t want, some hardships. We have to respect and understand. It was an unfortunate moment for ex-President Luis Felipe Vieira regarding Rui Costa, whom I knew long before working at Benfica and who I have always seen here among us, who accompanies us and who I have always seen participating in our business meetings. Any of us deserve a less happy moment. I wish the best in the world to ex-President Luis Felipe Vieira, and I also wish, of course, to President Rui Costa, whom I have great expectations and great confidence that he will pass the message on to Garcia, they say. There is a new generation of leaders, in this case former footballers, who can contribute to positive renewal, healthier football, more dialogue and less stress, and this can allow, without endangering competitors, that the football industry can improve.
– In June 2019, Ruben Amorim was appointed by Benfica for the U-23 team. Information appeared that he was going to give a negative opinion of the appointment. Want to clarify this situation?
– I am very happy to speak on this subject, for a very simple reason: many of the things that have been said are not true. I will say distrust. In the match with Sporting in the quarter-finals of the youth league, in Alcochet, I spoke to Ruben Amorim and told him as a joke: ‘Rabbin, you have no idea what I have suffered because of you. And he laughed very happily. It’s easy to explain. Robin Amorim knows that’s true, since he’s a serious man, he knows what I’m going to say is absolutely true. In the context I explained to him earlier, Robin said to me of the unconfined, the teams that navigate In it the players up and down: “I can’t work that way, I don’t see myself working like that, I’ve never worked that way, I don’t want to be a coach for U23s and I have to give the players.’ I replied: But Robben, youth football project As such. It does not work any other way. I must stress it to the sincerity of Robin Amorim, when he told me in this context: “I may be making a big mistake, but I don’t think it will work well for me.” It was that simple. And perhaps it was on Right to support Robin Amorim’s career. There is nothing wrong with having a coach with a personal profile more suitable to work in one way or another. It depends on what the coach wants for the career at any time. Perhaps Robin would be more suitable, as it turned out, to work in Professional football, in a controlled and more closed environment, has achieved the success we all know. To be honest to tell me: “Under the circumstances, I don’t think I would be able to do it and I would rather not accept it.” These are matters that we must address frankly and calmly. This is not a state secret. Robben commented on the number of players we used the previous season in the U-23 team. I said to him, “As for Rabbun, that is it.” There are other coaches who have a better profile for working in these contexts. that simple. There is no drama.
Did you suffer from it a lot?
People often look at the foam of things, not the substance. Robben was not the Benfica coach at the time for this only reason: it was he who did not want to stay in the conditions I described above. Subsequently, the idea was established that training is not entirely provided by coaches. It’s complete crap. When we have a training plan for young people between the ages of 6 and 19/20, there has to be a program. It can’t be left to Coach A or B alone, and I usually give this example: Isn’t it normal for a language school to have a program on how to teach French, English and German over the different years of study? In sports, it is no different. You must also have training programs. A well-defined written programme, with objectives, methods, contents and assessment criteria, in the areas of technical, tactical, psychological, physical, personal and social training. This program, which we call Formar à Benfica, constitutes, in our understanding, the basic work that all coaches must do, in addition, of course, the individual contribution that a specific coach makes to the program, to the practical training, based on your personality and experience. Hence, saying that “Benfica was 70 percent of the training and 30 percent coach Ruben Amorim”, or anyone else, could only be bad faith.
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