Diego Alonso has been talking about the coaches he played under and who impressed him the most.
The former Uruguayan striker is now manager at Mexican club Pachuca and was interviewed by Marca in Spain.
Playing much of his playing career in Spain, it is the managers/coaches in La Liga who had most impact on him as a player.
Diego Alonso calls Luis Aragones ‘a genius’ after playing under him at Atletico Madrid.
Whilst he also has special words for Newcastle boss Rafa Benitez who he was with at Valencia: ‘Methodologically Rafa Benitez is a genius. I was lucky to work with him and I learned a lot’.
Rafa’s ‘methodological’ talents are being tested at the moment with a run of only one point from 21 with an underfunded squad on Newcastle’s return to the Premier League.
Anybody who thinks Newcastle would be somehow better off with a change of manager, with this set of players, is very definitely deluded.
Diego Alonso talking to Marca:
“The coach that has marked me most has been Luis Aragones, he was a genius, a different type.
“I knew all of them, especially in the management of the players. He was a born motivator, he had the key to each player.
“I also had Rafa Benitez.
“I have not seen Mourinho or Guardiola trained, though I have seen Cholo’s, but Benitez must be among the top ten methodological trainers.
“Methodologically Rafa Benitez is a genius.
“I was lucky to work with him and I learned a lot.
“Also with Juande Ramos I learned a lot.
“When I was a player I wrote down all of my coaches.
“At the end I had ten notebooks full of notes.
“I realised that it served little, that one has to train what he feels and not what he sees.
“Yes we learn by copying but the message must be from you.”