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Bayern Munich superstar Robert Lewandowski has revealed that current Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp was “like the ‘bad’ teacher” when they worked together at Borussia Dortmund.
Klopp was in charge of Dortmund for throughout Lewandowski’s four season stay and the pair lifted two Bundesliga titles and reached a Champions League final together. Lewandowski ultimately left the club in 2014 to join rivals Bayern on a free transfer.
Writing in the Players’ Tribune, Lewandowski recalled: “Jürgen was not only a father figure to me. As a coach, he was like the ‘bad’ teacher. And I mean that in the best sense of the word.
“Let me explain. Think back to you when you were in school. Which teacher do you remember the most? Not the one who made life easy for you and never expected anything from you.
“No, no, no. You remember the bad teacher, the one who was strict with you. The one who put pressure on you and did everything to get the best out of you. That’s the teacher who made you better, right? And Jürgen was like that. He was not content to let you be a B student, you know? Jürgen wanted A+ students. He didn’t want it for him. He wanted it for you.
“He taught me so much. When I arrived at Dortmund, I wanted to do everything quickly: strong pass, one touch only. Jürgen showed me to calm down — to take two touches if necessary.
“It was totally against my nature, but soon I was scoring more goals. When I had that down, he challenged me to speed it up again. One touch. BANG. Goal. He slowed me down to speed me up. It sounds simple, but it was genius, really.
“Jürgen never forgot that we were humans first and footballers second.”
Source- Daily Star
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