Ex-Dortmund man admits Klopp is ‘not the best’ tactically

Matt Stead

Jurgen Klopp is not “tactically the best coach in the world”, but Kevin-Prince Boateng has hailed his “magic”.

Boateng worked briefly under Klopp during a loan spell with Borussia Dortmund in 2009.

The midfielder played 11 games in all competitions, and only financial difficulties prevented the Bundesliga side from signing him permanently from Tottenham that summer.

Now with Frankfurt, the 30-year-old admits that Klopp is not “tactically” the best coach, but his “magic” is in keeping all his players happy. Rotation, you see.

“Perhaps he is tactically not the best coach in the world, but he’s the best coach in the sense that he knows exactly what to do in every second of the game,” he told Kicker. “And he knows exactly how to treat each player.

“This is his magic: that 30 players are happy in a 30-man squad. I have not yet seen that in any coach; including players who have not played a minute.”