At 28, René Marić is already established as one of the sharpest coaching minds in football. He is the assistant manager to the coveted Marco Rose at Borussia Mönchengladbach, but his path to being in the dugout was anything but conventional.
Marić was a tactical writer for a small German blog, whose work was noticed and used by Thomas Tuchel. Premier League clubs hired him to break down Pep Guardiola and Jurgen Klopp’s pressing games while he did player recruitment profiles for two of the biggest data-driven teams. Marić talks us through this journey, giving us an education on the true definition of tactics. He also explains why players will always be more important in football than the manager…
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