Jesse Marsch on the inspiration of Michael Jordan and Muhammad Ali to push Leeds to Premier League survival | Soccer News
Jesse Marsch takes inspiration from sporting legends such as Michael Jordan and Muhammad Ali to push Leeds United to Premier League survival ahead of their clash with Chelsea, live on Sky Sports.
Leeds slipped into the relegation zone on goal difference for the first time since October following Sunday’s 2-1 defeat at Arsenal while Everton exited with a win by the same scoreline at Leicester.
Marsch has been looking for ways to further motivate his side ahead of matches after winger Jack Harrison revealed how the American used a quote from Mahatma Gandhi ahead of the Emirates clash.
“Inspiration is a big part of this job and when you’re leading people you have to find ways to take the pulse of exactly what’s going on at all times,” said Marsch, who majored in history at the university, during its pregame match. press conference.
“I have 52 excerpts from books that I sometimes give to players when individually I think they need something to motivate them depending on where they are in their development path or who they are. are as people to reach them differently rather than the conversations I have with them.
The key is to understand exactly which messages to use at the right time, so players know how to handle the moments.
“I have hundreds of quotes that I use at different times and I try to think about how they relate to who I am, how we try to play football and how that might be. ‘fit for a time of the season. I love quotes. I love learning from people of the past, sports personalities, historical figures, whatever.
“The key is to understand exactly which messages to use at the right time, so players know how to manage the moments. Here we are in the stress of relegation trying to stay strong with our conviction, our confidence, our commitment and our I’m just trying to find ways to motivate and inspire our collective mindset so that we have the best chance of dealing with the times we find ourselves in.
“I’ve used Muhammed Ali a few times with the band, Michael Jordan is a guy that inspires me, Phil Jackson. I use things that resonate with me that I think can also match the position that I’m in. we find ourselves there are other historical figures like Ghandi, Mother Teresa and presidents like JFK who have meant something to where we are historically in the world right now.”
Leeds will be without right-back Luke Ayling for the rest of the season after he was sent off for a reckless tackle in the loss to Arsenal. Marsch, who believes the defender ‘defines what Leeds want to be’, called on Ayling to support his team-mates and now it’s all about ‘sticking together, not pointing fingers’.
Jamie Shackleton could be in line to replace him at right-back, but Marsch has also explored the possibility of playing a centre-back in that position. The Leeds head coach is also aiming to fix Raphinha’s form, admitting they haven’t seen his best.
“I love Raphina’s passion, mentality, personality and desire to win and be a great player. He’s a fantastic talent, we don’t have enough of him, that’s the truth,” said Marsch, who also believes the winger is ‘not at all’ distracted by a possible departure from the club.
“We tried to find ways to play with him a little further, to be a little more in the moments of transition, to get him around the goal more.
“Playing him at the back doesn’t always give him the chance to be in those spaces. We’ll figure out how to get him more on the ball, in space, more on the move so he can be dangerous.”
Lampard: We can’t relax now
Everton’s relegation fate is in their hands after back-to-back wins including a rare away win at Leicester, only their second in 17 attempts this season.
It means they are a point above Burnley and Leeds with a significantly better goal difference than the latter and four games to go from their three.
But Frank Lampard has warned his side cannot think their mission of survival has been accomplished ahead of a crucial game at relegated Watford on Wednesday.
“Even though we enjoyed the weekend, a game that took us out of the relegation zone with games to play, it’s very dangerous now to slack off on that,” he said during of his pre-match press conference.
“The only message now is that we have to go and finish the job, which is hard work. We have to expect the worst everywhere else, but we can control ourselves. We absolutely cannot relax, that’s the message. most important.”
Lampard is wary of the threat Watford will pose with the pressure now that their fate has been confirmed.
“Pressure is a fun thing. It can affect you when you’re under it to react positively or negatively. The same is true when you release that pressure. We’ll find out, but focusing on ourselves is the thing. most important,” he said.
“They are all dangerous [games]. To underestimate him because Watford are relegated would be our greatest danger to us, but every Premier League game is dangerous, especially when traveling away from home. We found that out for a while, changed it the other day, but the minute you think you’ve cracked it, you haven’t.
“It’s a step forward, but getting a result doesn’t mean you’re going to get more. It just means you have to understand why we got a result. The team is together every moment, we’ve had good chances because we were very quick to attack at times, we defended very tight and individuals played good games and that’s what allows you to get results away from home and do that regularly is the big challenge.
Lampard praised the unity shown at the club, believing it to be a condition of success and one of the key factors why he was able to turn Everton around.
“In my experience of football over a long period, you only win or have relative success with unity,” he added. “It comes from the players, the staff, the owners, the board, the fans and everyone. At the level we play, it’s almost impossible to succeed without it.
“You have to be together as much as possible. It was probably one of the biggest challenges for me coming into a team and a club that lacks confidence in mid-season, how do you rebuild certain parts to bring that At the moment people are reacting well, but we have to continue for another four games.”
Everton’s remaining fixtures:
May 11 – Watford (a)
May 15 – Brentford (h)
May 19 – Crystal Palace (h)
May 22 – Arsenal (a)
Leeds remaining fixtures:
May 11 – Chelsea (h), live sky sports
May 15 – Brighton (h)
May 22 – Brentford (a)
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