like the player, like the coach / C1 / 3rd preliminary round / Monaco-PSV /

Ruud van Nistelrooy, who has quietly made his mark at the head of PSV U21s, did not expect to be inspired as head coach of Boeren this time. By his own admission, the ex-scorer was not ready, but his first official game under his new cap went through. By hurting Ajax (5-3) and winning their first title, “RVN” removed some doubts. Above all, he showed that he has (re)created PSV in his image: a calm, clear and intensely creative team when it comes to finding the net. AS Monaco, who received the big Dutch man and his crowd during the third preliminary round of the Champions League on Tuesday night, have been warned.

Ruud van Nistelrooy is a striker like no other. Not the most technical, not the fastest, but definitely the most devilish when it comes to planting it deep. A genius that earned him many admirers, mourning the maestro’s retirement in 2012. But let them be confident: the great Ruud is back in front of the stage! And with his appointment as head of PSV starting this season, a football idea continues. And it has already created some initial havoc, as Ajax can attest.

PSV played the way Van Nistelrooy scored

Dušan Tadić’s teammates planned a severe hazing for the former Manchester United striker, but it was the new top-level coach who taught the capital giant a lesson. Fearlessly after opening the opponent’s score, PSV regained control of the game to waltz the Lancers (5-3). It is enough to recognize the first phalanxes of the Van Nistelrooy paw.
Contrary to his predecessor Roger Schmidt, a fan of counter-pressing and flash offensive, the former Real Madrid striker prefers a more “quiet” possession game. Van Nistelrooy’s obsession is to put his attackers in the best position to score, through construction phases that must disorganize the opponent and make him vulnerable. And for that, all methods are good. Rutgerus Johannes Martinus van Nistelrooij (real name) is not a dogmatic coach who imposes his preferred way of playing in all situations. Last season, his PSV U21s were one of the Dutch D2 teams that made it the least. Against Ajax, at this stage of the game that the first two goals of Boeren (two headers from attacking midfielder Guus Til on two crosses from winger Cody Gakpo).

A clarity that is also felt in the management of the game. While Roger Schmidt’s PSV could explode at any moment, Van Nistelrooy passed on his legendary composure to his players to keep Ajax under control. ” After the opener, we worked together and continued our game. Sticking to our plan, we moved the game to the left. We found free men there and thanks to some good crosses we got back into the game and into the game“The happy coach explained after the meeting.

More Ruud will be the downfall?

But can Ruud van Nistelrooy prove the promises made? In “way“The career he created, the 46-year-old prefers to cut his teeth one more season at PSV U21s because he still doesn’t feel “readyto take the plunge, as he admitted in an interview with ESPN in December. So it is necessary to expect a Van Nistelrooy who is still perfect in the tactic and in his management, especially with confirmed players after the last six years in PSV’s baby bottle types. For Philippe Clement and AS Monaco, it is now or never to choose this “RVN” in the run-in on the occasion of the 3rd preliminary round of the Champions League.
For the great Ruud, the challenge is greater because the past does not speak for him. Few Dutch coaches have been able to perform well at the highest level, and their most famous representatives are former defensive midfielders (Erik ten Hag, Peter Bosz, Mark van Bommel, Arne Slot, Phillip Cocu, etc.) or defenders (Ronald Koeman. , Frank de Boer, Giovanni van Bronckhorst, Jaap Stam…). The former attackers? A field of ruins or nearly so (so ask a PSG supporter what he thinks of Patrick Kluivert’s post-career).

While waiting for the possible emergence of Robin van Persie (who tried his hand at Feyenoord) or Dirk Kuyt (appointed coach of ADO Den Haag in D2 this season), Ruud van Nistelrooy has a heavy task to show that he is a former Dutch striker. has a future as a top coach. PSV are already wiping their hands thinking back to the last time they handed over the reins to former home team, Phillip Cocu, who won them three Eredivisie championship titles between 2015 and 2018. Van Nistelrooy has shoulder to dream of a destiny crowned with national success, he must also find the recipe to export himself so as not to experience the same exit from the road as his former teammate inorangewho hasn’t seen a club since November 2020…

By Douglas deGraaf

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