Watch: Jesse Marsch's halftime talk at Anfield

In a mixture of English and German with a bunch of four-letter words throw in, Salzburg coach Jesse Marsch told his players they were giving Liverpool players too much respect and they needed to get stuck in. Salzburg came back from a 3-1 deficit to tie the match at 3-3, but the Reds rallied to win their UEFA Champions League match, 4-3.

13 comments about "Watch: Jesse Marsch's halftime talk at Anfield".
  1. frank schoon, October 5, 2019 at 9:28 a.m.

    Just a quick word before my spiel. Jesse Marsch is one of those coaches who ,I think, paid $20,000 to take that Pro Coaching course offered to those 'elite' coaches, ...just keep this in mind.
    Guys, I think we had discussion earlier about the characteristics of "German" soccer  in which it was described as "Stampen und Laufen", running, hustling and fighting. Well, I think Jesse Marsch showed us a good example of this characterization of German soccer. All I got to say is, I'm glad he is not coaching here in the US any longer, for obviously this is not what our American players need to learn. 
    If this guy was coaching in Holland, which would never happen, perhaps only maybe in a parallel universe, but for argument sake, he would be laughed out of the locker room by the dutch players and for they would show no respect. 
    Dutch players respect a coach who could give a better intellectual, detailed analysis which the players can understand and able to apply to their game. Sometimes it is a matter of a few details that can change the game. Ernst Happel as seen by Cruyff and Franz Beckenbauer as one of the greatest coaches could change the game by just placing in a sub or switch 2players in their positions...Happel had the ability see the "details" the finer elements like Cruyff that so few could see or notice and with that ability could change the whole flow of the game. Arie Haan, a teammate of Cruyff  on the famous Ajax and the Dutch WC'74 and who later became Klinsman's coach,once stated that you can attain all the coaching license in the world but it won't do you any good for what coaching really comes down to is the ability to "see" the game 'within' the game and only a few have that ability. Cruyff once stated that he considered about 4 others in the world besides himself that could the  "see" the game and Happel was one of much for spending those thousands of dollars on the "elite' coaching licenses. Remember those who teach these licensed courses don't ,in fact, have that ability of 'seeing' the game and therefore you can characterize these elite coaching courses as the 'blind' leading the 'blind". NEXT POST.

  2. Sean Guillory, October 5, 2019 at 9:55 a.m.

    How many World Cups has the Netherlands won?  Oh yeah none?  How many Euros?  Oh!  How many have GGermany won between the two competitions?  I stopped counting after 4.  Yep keep producing “intellectual players” and my country of birth will just keep winning championships.  

  3. R2 Dad replied, October 7, 2019 at 3:04 a.m.

    The Germans and Dutch have always made these points, so we’re never going to get consensus here. My 2 cents: Salzburg does not play in the Bundesliga, and the Stomping & Kicking Frank mentions is less a factor at the top half of the Bundesliga table than the bottom and B2. I’d be more unhappy that Bayern, now that Pep is gone , is still the Real Madrid model than the La Masia/Ajax model. THAT is the battle Pep needed to win with the German FA—though it was not his task to do so and Germans would never accept a Dutch philosophy. His influence has already waned at Bayern, unfortunately.

  4. frank schoon replied, October 7, 2019 at 8:23 a.m.

    R2, Even though Salzbury might not play in the Bundesliga and  Austria share borders and culture with Germany. Both are Germanic and have similar history culture/dna in common. There is a reason why Marsch spoke in German and in the manner of HOW he spoke, as best he could to his players.... should say enough.
    As far as Stampen und Laufen, I'm talking about a DNA that has been in German soccer forever, but it comes in degrees depending on the team, but it is in their DNA. Separating the extend of Stamping und Laufen by applying the bottom to the top of the Bundelsliga is not how you do it. It is all in degrees. Watch the video on Borussia Dortmunt a top of the league team,on Amazon, maybe Netflix also has it. In the beginning of the video the coach emphatically stated how important "run ,run ,run ,run, Laufen ,laufen ,luafen was to the team.
    Try reading Guardiolas books when he was with Bayern and what he faced in order to change the way he wanted them to play. 
    He tried to get rid of the running element in the German game, Bayern that is, and tried to teach them ball movement is faster and more functional than running. He was surprised that the players would come up to him and expressed their longing for wanting to run. 
    Now that Guardiola is gone, little by little what he taught is being watered down every year, as you say and likewise it has effected the National team as well. Remember at the WC'14 there was a reason why Germany played so well, for they had 6-7 Bayern players on the squad.
    Note before they had Guardiola, van Gaal coached them and laid the groundwork so to speak for Guardiola,who van Gaal also coached at Barcelonal.
    As far as who won the most trophies is not important to me but how the game is played, the quality of play the great players it produced ,and most important  the influence of style and play in the game in the past 50 years, leading up to today. Some people prefer to watch the English style of play, others Italian soccer , some French, some German, some Dutch, it all depends upon on what you like. 

  5. frank schoon, October 5, 2019 at 10:15 a.m.

    Jesse Marsch, is an example of one who lacks the ability of seeing the game in detail form and of course "seeing' the game within the game comes in DEGREES for not everyone is the same ,some see it better than others and some not AT ALL and we got a lot those at that end.... But one thing we can agree is the the less you 'see' the game the more you interpret the game in a physical sense, not in an intellectual sense which dutch players prefer to hear from their coach.
    The less you 'see' the game the more you interpret the game and its solutions on a physical level.
    In other words "Stampen und Laufen", roll up your sleeves, take the dentures out, rub some BenGay on , and create some divets out there.
    Interesting anecdote concern seeing the game in details and how it could change the flow of the game in your favor without having the coach scream with foam on his mouth is in the following anecdote.  Frank Rykaard , who was coached by Cruyff, a great player in his own right, coached the Dutch Team at the World Cup around 2006, went back to the locker room during halftime and immediately turned on the tv. They all knew that Cruyff was a commentating the game and would express give his opinions during halftime. The dutch coaching staff and all players just sat on the bench and waited for Cruyff to state what the problem was in a nutshell .  Cruyff stated that Dennis Bergkamp, positionally, had to move between 5-10 meters backwards and that would solve the problems the Dutch team as a whole were having on the field. In other words, this particular change to one player effected so many other variables on the field not seen by others solved the problem. This is just a sample of how dutch grow up and think and play the game, which reflects more the mental/intellectual side rather than the  physical side.
    We in  American soccer tend to look too much to the physical and we have got to get away from this physical part and begin to rely on more the mental/technical part. In so doing our problem of accenting physical size and physical speed would fall by the wayside for so many players, youth that is, our currently being punished due to size and physical speed, elements which in fact have little to do with good soccer. But here is the problem as long as we have Jesse Marsch type mentalities ,in various degrees of our  coaching it won't get any better. 

  6. Ben Myers replied, October 5, 2019 at 5:19 p.m.

    I agree with you 100%.  Marsch berates his players.  He may not last long in Red Bull world.  He also disses Liverpool, an extremely good side.  Maybe his tirade brought some goals in the second half, and they lost by only a goal to one of the best in the world.  But how many more times does he have to give this kind of speech before his players no longer want to play for him?

  7. frank schoon replied, October 5, 2019 at 9:53 p.m.

    Ben, you might see it as berating the players but in their neck of the woods that is standard procedure which is all part of the Germanic "Stampen und Laufen" environment. That is to be expected and also seen and maybe worse in English locker rooms. The berating is not a personal attack but a criticism to the team as a whole  hoping to inspire the team to play better. And therefore a coach can be expressive for example telling you have to hustle ,show some fight, don't let them run over you, which is standard stuff but that is about as far as I would go.
     Richard Broad has a point and sure F bombs at times in an emotional moment can come about which is fine but not incessantly bad language as heard. But this shouldn't last but a few seconds then go to the real meat of what has to be done, which Marsch didn't do, for he just continued his harangue.
    My point is that a good coach who really can "see" the deeper details of the game knows what to fix and will basically forego this 'garbage'. Only coaches who lack the deeper insights of the game tend to bloviate, cuss, attack players as their way of solving a problem for they point the finger at what is needed.  

  8. Richard Broad, October 5, 2019 at 1:22 p.m.

    This is not the language that I generally use in my everyday conversation. However, athletics are not an everyday experience, and there are times, on and off the field, when our emotions take over and we sometimes have to express ourselves differently to get the message across. I'm not proud of it, but I have used the F word more than once, as have probably 99% of the people who have ever coached.  Jesse probably wouldn't be using a similar choice of words if he were addressing a group of dignitaries or doing a TV interview. However he said it, his halftime words seemed to work, as Salzburg's second half performance would indicate. We have a right to be offended by the profanity, but lets not be too hasty to judge the coach until we walk a couple of miles in his mocasins.

  9. Bob Ashpole, October 5, 2019 at 6:03 p.m.

    I agree with you Frank, but Marsch did make an adjustment to the midfield in the first half after going down 2 goals. He switched to a midfield diamond to better control the midfield. He didn't make any further adjustments in the second half after Klopp made changes.

  10. frank schoon replied, October 5, 2019 at 9:58 p.m.

    Bob, I didn't see the game but if he had 4 midfielders start out with, Marsch should have employed the daimond from the beginning because that  would have added two more lines at midfield which would add up to 3, meaning their would be more passing options as well more defensive support.
    Without a diamond at midfield, the midfield could have been beaten so easily with one pass. And one the Liverpool does employ is medium to long range passes a lot to the front line.

  11. R2 Dad, October 7, 2019 at 2:37 a.m.

    He’s got a very international squad so maybe it’s not such a problem, but I wonder how this actually sounds to a German speaker? He got a reaction—this time—but I wonder how often he has this specific talk so early in the year.

  12. Peter Bechtold, October 8, 2019 at 12:13 a.m.

    Interesting that Frank writes that he did not see the game but is full of lengthy comments(which we all have read before).
    I personally was embarrassed by Jesse's language and I wonder if he picked that up in Leipzig.As you may know, he was plucked by the RB leadership from NY RB while coaching there, inter al., Tyler Adams; he was brought to RB Leipzig as an understudy to Rangnigg with the plan to learn the "RB way" before being sent to Salzburg, a perennial winner in Austria ever since RB took over the team. Interestingly, this year their record is better than it has ever been; they win by bigger margins in Austria and trashed their first opponent in the UCL.

  13. frank schoon replied, October 10, 2019 at 10:05 a.m.

    Peter, as you well know this article was about the bad and embarrassing language used by Marsch and it had totally nothing to do with the game itself. So, I don't know why you would bring up a 'straw man' of me not having seen the game and still be able to give a lengthy comment when it's not in any way related to the game.

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