Fonseca talks through tactical evolution from Shakhtar Donetsk to Roma – video

By Oliver Fisher -

Paulo Fonseca is now officially the new head coach of AC Milan, which means it is finally time to do a deep-dive into what his coaching principles are.

Although many names have been mentioned in the last two months, the arrival of Fonseca has been pretty much certain for a while now. Today, the official confirmation arrived from Milan and Zlatan Ibrahimovic, during a press conference.

We have already written at length about why Fonseca could be a good fit for the place Milan are at in their project, but it must be said that he arrives amid a backdrop of fan skepticism because he does not have the CV of an Antonio Conte, for example.

Paulo Fonseca spent more than a decade coaching in his native Portugal, including successful spells at Paços Ferreira and Braga either side of a short time with Porto, before moving overseas to take charge of first Shakhtar Donetsk, then AS Roma and most recently Lille.

Below, on the Coaches’ Voice channel, he gives an insight into how his thinking has developed tactically and the principles that he wants his side to have.

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10 Comments

  1. At least now will have a coach that is able to communicate with all our players not just the few Italians and those that has had the time to learn Italian.
    Fonseca speaks Portuguese, Italian, English, French and maybe even Ukrainian, while the previous coach is just now learning English at 60 so he can understand when an English club rejects him and tell him to go coach Torino or Genoa.

  2. Oh wow, I can’t believe they paid him only 2.5 million with all these languages he can speak. What a steal of a deal.

    Do you think Milan hired a translator for Pioli only in the Scudetto year because that year worked out very well.

    1. You made that sound silly, but this shows how ambitious and smart this guy is. Not everyone is able to speak few languages on daily basis and learning that shows that person is determined and able to learn and adapt. And if he learned so easily languages it gives good chance he would learn other things (relevant to being a coach) as well throughout his career.

      Take a great example at Pioli mentioned above – struggling to speak most common language every young folk knows (English), Pioli was even a player playing among other internationals, but did not even bother to learn, and later you are wondering why is he so closed-minded and forces the same patterns, why doesn’t he have any new ideas for team. Where here is your answer.

      1. Lukaku can speak 7 languages but he always make bad decisions. You may have big brain to store many languages but decision making is another world. It’s like comparing internal storage with club.

        1. Yeah se makes so bad decisions he is over 30yrs old and has one of the biggest contract in the footballing world in one of the best clubs there (not in Saudi). Played and scored for Chelsea, Inter, United, Roma, Everton. All time top scorer for Belgium national.

          Everyone’s perspective is different, for Maldini (as player) big contract and playing for many clubs would be worth nothing, but for Lukaku clearly money is of the greatest importance (can’t blame him, he is not son of Milan player Cesare but comes from poverty), so I wouldn’t say he makes bad decisions.

    2. But also I’m not saying that if someone knows few languages then certainly he must be a genius – no, but it is an indicator that he is willing to learn, adapt and is determined. And that just can’t be a negative thing.

      1. Money? He clearly get less money than he should got with miserable career and image. Now club trow him here and there and still didn’t get more money than he had before in inter.

        Like I said, it’s like comparing storage with cpu. Smart is not willing to learn, adapt and determined. Smart is how good you get best result from that 3 word.

  3. Lukaku can speak 7 languages but he always make bad decisions. You may have big brain to store many languages but decision making is another world. It’s like comparing internal storage with club.

  4. Money? He clearly get less money than he should got with miserable career and image. Now club trow him here and there and still didn’t get more money than he had before in inter.

    Like I said, it’s like comparing storage with cpu. Smart is not willing to learn, adapt and determined. Smart is how good you get best result from that 3 word.

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