Ex-Chelsea manager Luiz Felipe Scolari has had nothing but kind words to say about Borussia Dortmund chief Jurgen Klopp, even suggesting he’d work under the BVB boss for free just to learn more about his skills as a manager.
Klopp was strongly linked with the vacant position at Manchester United following the sacking of David Moyes, before confirming his commitment to Dortmund which allowed United to go after Louis van Gaal.
Scolari is a World Cup winning coach and his comments about the German only strengthen his credentials and reputation in a global context.
“Scolari wants an internship with Klopp just to learn from the BVB coach,” jokes German tabloid Bild.
“I would prefer even a week at BVB to see how he (Klopp) leads a team, what feeling he has built into his players,” Scolari told Rheinische Post.
Klopp’s decision to ignore the Manchester United speculation demonstrated one of his best traits; loyalty and the way he expects and demands the same from the players who represent him.
His best asset is probably how he manages to create a tremendous team spirit at Dortmund, in light of being forced to regularly deal with his best players being sold and leaving the club.
The last two seasons have seen high profile Dortmund stars leave in the form of Mario Gotze and Robert Lewandowski, both to Bayern Munich.
That’s definitely affected the performance of the team but one of the things, which hasn’t changed is that togetherness and Klopp’s basic ability to coach and get the best out of his first team stars both young and old.
He has good instincts for a coach and while he may not be as tactically wise as a Jose Mourinho or Pep Guardiola, he senses when his teams can put their foot on the gas and kill off a game, going manic on the sidelines to make sure that happens.
The idea of an internship for Scolari is never going to happen, but Klopp must be doing something right if a manager who has won the World Cup and touched success throughout the majority of his career is making such comments.