Veteran Spanish striker Jonathan Soriano, now 36 and retired, was mentored for two seasons by Roger Schmidt, head coach of PSV Eindhoven (Netherlands) and a solid opportunity to coach Benfica next season, in Salzburg (between 2012 and 2014) and, later, In China from Beijing Guoan (2017 & 2018), he is well acquainted with the working methods of the 55-year-old German.
“What he always looks for is very attractive football, with a lot of intensity. Training is an example of what happens on the weekend because it encourages very intense work sessions, always well thought out for the next match. That is why the players arrive at the matches with great rhythm,” he revealed, In an interview with TSF.
He said more. “Schmidt teams are very offensive and he is a captivating person as well as a professional side. For me, apart from being a great coach or having a very interesting philosophy, one of the best traits of Roger Schmidt is his relationship with the players. He is a very close coach, he loves to talk to the athletes, not only About football, but also about life. I was fortunate enough to coincide with him at the time of the birth of my daughter. I will never forget that he called me so often, that he cared to help me with my own life “, repeated that player, who ended his career last season in the shirt of Castellón, in the Spanish second division .