Andreas Beck was influenced by Thomas Tuchel and Ralf Rangnick, among others. In the interview, the defender spoke about his ex-coach.
Former German national player Andreas Beck, now active for the Belgian first division club KAS Eupen, had an exclusive interview with SPOX and goal talked about the peculiarities of Chelsea coach Thomas Tuchel and national coach candidate Ralf Rangnick.
“We still write to each other now and then. I love the way he built his career. He’s one of the best,” said Beck about Tuchel, who once coached him in the VfB Stuttgart youth team and with whom he won the German A- Became youth champion. “He’s a very special character with a unique energy. He was always focused on becoming a world-class coach – and that’s exactly what he did.”
In addition to the technical and tactical training work, he was impressed by Tuchel, who took over Chelsea at the end of January and brought the Londoners back on the road to success, especially his influence on the mental strength of his players: “I admire his thinking. Thomas was one of the best coaches, I’ve had. Some coaches say, ‘Go out there and enjoy it’, but Thomas says, ‘Enjoy it by giving it your all’. That’s the mentality it takes to make champions and win titles. “
Even as a youth coach, Tuchel had already asked his youngsters to do this, emphasized the now 34-year-old Beck. “He wanted to see it every day, even with the simplest passing exercises in training, he said, ‘Play every pass as if it was the last of your career.’ Every session was intense. It was extremely tough, but you have to get the most out of yourself to be successful. ” Tuchel’s approach is “not the easiest”, explained the German champions from 2007: “Not every player likes that. But I remember that from Thomas and I respect him for it.”
Beck on training under Tuchel: “Every session was intense”
The Kraichgauer enthusiastic football Germany at the time and were at the top of the table after the first half of the season, Beck was set as right-back. “For example, we beat Jürgen Klopps Dortmund 4-1 at home and I still remember Klopp saying afterwards: ‘That’s how we have to play’.”
In the second half of the season, TSG could not quite maintain their success at the time, but at least finished seventh at the end of the season. Rangnick, who has been without a job since the summer of last year and is considered one of the hottest candidates to succeed Joachim Löw after the EM, stayed in Hoffenheim until the beginning of 2011 and then hired after a second term at Schalke in the summer of 2012 as sports director at RB Leipzig and RB Salzburg.
“What he had achieved in Hoffenheim, he later repeated in Leipzig,” emphasizes Beck. “It’s all based on his ideas. Ralf has created a legacy for himself and people will always remember it. He was innovative, wanted to change things and now you can see Dortmund or Bavaria chasing the ball all the time. Manchester City does that too under Pep Guardiola. “
Beck also spoke about his own career and revealed that he had been in contact with top international clubs over the years. “Lyon was interested once, there were also discussions. I know that Newcastle knocked too and there was that time when Ralf (Rangnick, d. Red.) Left Hoffenheim and my future was unclear. There was an offer from Juventus Turin, but we couldn’t get the deal closed. The contract was already done, but I wanted to wait until the summer (2011, editor). Antonio Conte (current coach of Inter Milan, editor .) took over and above all he wanted players who knew the Italian league. So it didn’t happen. “