I will say this about Thibs, he’s a tough coach if you don’t like to be coached or if you don’t like to play or do things the right way, then he’s tough.
Thibs is a guy that… just expects a certain level of professionalism, he expects you to do things the right way, be prepared and do things the right way on a day-to-day basis, and if you don’t want to do that, then it’s gonna be tough.
Thibs is dope. Honestly, he’s a players’ coach.
Like if you know one thing about Thibs, he loves those who want to work.
If you ask Thibs the most important thing is winning games, so that’s all he cares about – that’s all we care about.
I’m 34 – you guys are like, ‘oh, he can’t be this fast at 34.’ But 35, I plan on running even faster. That’s my plan.
What is it really going to amount to if I go out there and run against Usain when he is not at his best? That is not a great storyline. It is not a race I would like to go out and win.
I want Usain at his best, and I think he wants me at my best. That’s what people want to see.
All the fans who see me ride through the city are laughing. They can’t believe the manager of Leipzig is skateboarding! They like it. They never say, ‘He’s crazy.’ They recognise that you are living a normal life.
When I get a new player, we do tests about his character and personality because it is very important to find out about the things he loves to do on and off the pitch.
I like to be the normal Julian Nagelsmann. Doesn’t matter if I’m the manager of RB Leipzig or the manager of a youth team. I hope that if you ask anybody of my team in my former days or now they say ‘yes, he is still the same guy.’
From the outside, you often only see the person who posts pictures of his yacht. But what Sami Khedira told me about Ronaldo’s professional approach to work, for example, is impressive. He has to be an incredible training animal, the first to come, the last to leave. He is also a very warm guy. That mix is extremely exciting.
I don’t think much of automatisms, because they assume that a situation is always the same, otherwise the process no longer works. But that doesn’t fit the reality with 22 players on the pitch. If the opponent is only half a metre to the left, the player suddenly doesn’t know what he has to do.
For me, Mourinho is an extreme coach with focus on results who is not very concerned with glamour on the pitch. He puts the result above everything and if you get so many titles doing that, it is certainly not a wrong way.
In 1930, when I was three and my sister was four, my father sent us to Miss Tracy’s, a little ‘dame’s school’ in Ipswich. I do remember playing with an abacus. He took us away after a term because he thought we weren’t learning anything.
When the president says that the biggest problem of the country is corruption, they attack the morality of the president so that he doesn’t speak about corruption.
Who shaped me the most was Thomas Tuchel. For the simple reason that he was my own trainer and the exchange was so much more intense. I can rate how he really thinks.
Tuchel saved me. I was sick of football. I had sacrificed my whole youth for football and then, bang, overnight, it was all over. I didn’t want anything to do with football. But when he asked me to become opposition scout it was a win-win situation for everyone.
When the lads see that the coach loves football and believes in what he says – he’d really prefer to be playing with the team – that creates a sense of enthusiasm among the players and trust in the coach. They notice that you’re one of them.
Kobe was my favorite player from just the way he went about competition. He was so skilled, but his mindset and his approach were really what I took away from him more than anything. How tactical, passionate and detailed he is about the game – he really loved the game.
Honestly, Thibs is a dog. He’s a guy that is an extreme competitor and very aware of everything that’s going on. Takes each possession like it’s our last, and really coaches with the type of intensity and passion that you want from a coach.
The thing with Sondheim is that people sometimes say he’s the only thing that matters, and then you end up embalming him, when the fact is he just writes the best and most accessible music.
Kanye is the best. I’m obsessed with him to the nine. There’s nobody smarter, cooler. I sit for hours talking to him sometimes. There’s nobody more amazing, brilliant, innovative. He talks to me and I leave him and I’m like How am I going to talk to regular people now?
My biggest influence is Chris Rock. His physicality is like a caged tiger – pacing the stage – how he walks back and forth.