A video from inside the RB Salzburg dressing room has emerged from their Champions League match against Liverpool earlier in the week.
Filmed at half-time, it shows head coach Jesse Marsch, getting into his players and giving an empowering speech as they trail the European champions 3-1 at the interval.
In the video he can be heard talking about the team’s lack of fight and the need to up the intensity: He says: "Firstly, how many fouls have we committed? Maybe two? It's not a f**king friendly, it's a Champions League match!"
Great insight into the half-time talk from Jesse Marsch in their game vs Liverpool.— Darian Wilken (@CoachDarian) October 3, 2019
Interesting to note the emphasis placed group cohesion and re-aligning mentality before addressing any tactical components. pic.twitter.com/unNplaA25U
It obviously had the desired effect, as his team came flying out and managed to pull level early on in the second half when Erling Haaland made it 3-3. The Austrians eventually lost 4-3 thanks to a winner from Mo Salah, but the video still offers an incredible insight into management at the highest level.
Flipping between Austrian German and English, the American says:
"Be more ruthless against Van Dijk, we play with too much respect. Too much respect.
"Are they strong? Yes. But it doesn't mean that we should be nice to them and don't tackle them or fight.
"They have to feel us guys, they have to know we're f**king here to compete, not just that we're here to stylistically going to try and play the same way, but we came to f**king play.
"We're going to talk about tactics but when we step on to that field with more confidence and will. Now it's us against them. Let's f**king raise our will, our fight.
"We'e seen that they are strong but we can do better and breathe life into our game. Self-confidence, physicality, that's what it's all about. They are not so dangerous with set-pieces. Come on, we have more to offer."
Despite their comeback, the side fell just short. After the game, Marsch talked about the influence that the Anfield crowd had on their performance. He said: "When you come to Anfield you learn it’s not just the quality opponent, but the environment and the occasion at a stadium like this. It’s incredible."
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