“A football coach is never happy” – Liberation


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Former trainer at FC Barcelona, ​​the coach of Stade de Reims, who faces Olympique de Marseille on Sunday August 7 for the first day of Ligue 1, claims a working method based on conflict to advance his players.

Listening for more than an hour to the Spanish coach of Reims, Oscar García (49), is a special experience. Seeking no escape, solid on the convictions he forged as far away as Austria (where he was twice champion with Red Bull Salzburg), England or Israel, this former player and trainer of FC Barcelona also draws a landscape complex and paradoxical, where the manager he is must manage what, from the outside at least, is a contradiction: getting into the player’s head while maintaining a distance, hearing what he will not say never, to win in the short term while sparing the progress of the player, that is to say the medium term, to dissociate the impetuous midfielder that he was – he notably participated in the 1996 Olympic Games with the Spanish selection – from the coach in responsibility that he has become. Participant in the progress of striker Hugo Ekitike, sold to Paris-SG in July for 36 million euros, the second largest transfer recorded in Ligue 1 this summer (41 million for Vitinha from Porto to PSG), Oscar García led Stade de Reims last season to twelfth place. On Sunday, his team travels to Marseille for its first match of the season (8:45 p.m.).

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