Historic coup – Klopp says: ‘My nails are gone’
For the second time this season, Liverpool FC defeated Tuchel’s Chelsea in the final. Liverpool coach Jurgen Klopp signed a contract with a German company to prepare for the penalty shootout.
HSophisticated technology was needed to calm the broad mood at the Liverpool FC camp. Midfielder James Milner sat in the team bus. He carried the FA Cup final trophy in his arms like a baby.
This had to be recorded, it was definitely a historic moment. His teammate Andrew Robertson photographed him with his cell phone and the cheerful Milner was suddenly seen with red eyes and pulled the corners of his mouth down, tears were on the way. “Why are you upset? Was this too much for you?” Robertson could be heard asking in the background.
The Liverpool defender put the “crying face filter” on Milner’s face, and the euphoria soon turned into pain in the world. But this was misplaced in Liverpool circles. But on the other side it is. In any case, Jürgen Klopp showed his sympathy to fellow German Thomas Tuchel and Chelsea FC after winning the final. “I’m really sorry for Chelsea,” Klopp said after his team’s 6-5 victory on penalties. Liverpool beat Chelsea on penalties in the League Cup final three months ago.
“For the second time! 120 minutes and after that you have nothing, it’s very difficult,” Klopp said in a hoarse voice. He was the first German coach to win the Cup. Previously, Wembley went without goals until the end of extra time.
“It was nerve-wracking. My nails are gone,” Klopp said. “We are mental monsters, but there were also mental blue monsters in this duel. Chelsea played great, but in the end there has to be a winner and it’s us. The last time Liverpool reached the final was ten years ago – and they lost to Chelsea at the time. The cup last went to Anfield in 2006. Previously, Klopp had never advanced past the Round of 16 in this competition.
Could be a great season for Klopp
With the victory in the FA Cup, perhaps the most famous and traditional cup competition in the world, Jürgen Klopp achieved something that only one man before him had. Klopp is only the second manager to win the FA Cup, Champions League, League Cup and the English Championship with one club. Only Sir Alex Ferguson managed to achieve this with Manchester United before him.
But Klopp still has a chance to top that success. If Liverpool can overtake leaders Manchester City in the last two Premier League games and then win the Champions League final against Real Madrid, he will be the first coach to win four titles in one season with an English club winning.
On the other hand, Chelsea failed in the FA Cup Final for the third time in a row. Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson Becker became a hero. The Brazilian saved Chelsea striker Mason Mount’s penalty kick in front of the heir to the British throne and FA president Prince William and about 85,000 spectators at Wembley before substitute Konstantinos Tsimikas made the decisive shot for Klopp’s team.
Klopp says he should have kept his mouth shut
In the penalty shootout, Tuchel decided not to replace Kepa with first goalkeeper Edward Mendy. Chelsea player Cesar Azpilicueta hit the post. On the other hand, Sadio Mane missed Liverpool’s first chance to win when he put the ball directly into the arms of his Senegalese colleague Mendy.
Klopp had previously suggested that Mane change his usual penalty kick against Mendy. “Sadio’s shot is my fifty percent responsibility. I told him the goalkeeper knows exactly what you usually do, so do it the other way around. How many times in my life would it be better to shut up, but we still managed it after a great game,” Klopp said. We work with a neuroscience company (Neo 11, which provides mental and physical training for top athletes, editors) Together they said they could really shoot penalties. This cup is hers, too.”
The company from Potsdam has developed an innovative, fact-based mental training program that, according to Klopp, “can be easily integrated into our existing training processes.” On the pitch, “the mental abilities and shooting accuracy of our players can be trained in a way that was not possible for us before.”
Brain training is seen as the next level in the advancement of professional football. There is still great potential in this field, even for seasoned professionals.