PTRW #735 DUSAN IVKOVIC

“A couple words about what we call mental preparation. It is also a process, daily work. I personally prefer to work alone, without a psychologist, because I think that a third person between the player and the coach is not necessary. The coach must also be a psychologist, understand the soul of the players and get inside their heads and hearts to find out what they have inside. You have to talk to them a lot, alone or with everyone else in the locker room, but you must always ask more from the best players. I was accused of not being able to deal with stars, but I think the opposite: I was always more critical with the best players because I knew they could do it and that’s why we got to the top many times together. You cannot be as demanding with the young ones, you have to teach them trust and be patient with them.”

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