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Thierry Henry: You Can Teach A Youngster What Xavi Does, But Not Cristiano Ronaldo

Thierry Henry: You Can Teach A Youngster What Xavi Does, But Not Cristiano Ronaldo

In a candid extract from the Blizzard, Thierry Henry has spoken about what made him as a player, and his perception of the modern day footballers. He also goes onto discuss his view on how we can educate players to be like the world’s best, although he admits it is difficult to follow in the footsteps of guys like Cristiano Ronaldo.

Who’s got Cristiano Ronaldo’s body? They’re one-offs. But if you want to educate players, if you want to talk about the game, you can teach a youngster what Xavi does. Xavi, yes, you can do it. Ronaldo … not so sure.

Henry also talks openly about the impact of Pep Guardiola on Barcelona’s style and identity from his years playing under the Spaniard.

Barça have an identity. The most beautiful thing I’ve ever heard from a coach was Guardiola’s talk before the 2009 Champions League final. He said: “Guys, all I want is that, at the end of the game, people tell me that Barça played football. The only thing I don’t want us to lose tonight is our identity. Have a good game.” And that was that.

Now that Henry has confirmed his exit from New York Red Bulls, the next chapter in his career has yet to be confirmed. There is no doubt he will stay in football in some capacity, with many still linking him with a move to Arsenal, either as a player or in a coaching role.

The important thing for a manager is to affirm his identity, whatever it is. If your identity is defending, no problem. You can win that way. But you shouldn’t change it if you lose. In 2009, Guardiola didn’t talk about the result. The same goes for Arsène [Wenger] before the 2006 Champions League final. They are aesthetes, they want everything to be beautiful. You act that way when you love your work. When you paint a picture, it is so that people look at it and like it.

Source: The Guardian

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