One of my goals as a manager is to try to give my players the same kind of help I got from my coaches.
I’ve always tried to get the best out of the people I’ve had by my side. Not only in terms of their work on the pitch, but also their behaviour – little details, like how they managed different situations on a human level.
All of that helped me to gain experience. While I was a player, the managers who had the greatest influence on me were Louis van Gaal, at Barcelona, and Rafa Benítez, at Valencia and Liverpool.
I liked their work dynamic very much. To this day, theirs are the dynamics I use the most, in practical terms, with my players.
It was after my journey with Rafa (below), and working as his assistant at Liverpool and Inter Milan, that I wanted to try working on my own. So you could say that my vocation as a manager was born from a need.
It was Rafa who gave me the opportunity to work with professional players. To lead training sessions, to be with them day to day, and also to get to know his methodology from the inside.