Francisco Arrué (45) radiates enthusiasm and confidence in his conversation with AS before taking command of the San Marcos de Arica team for the 2023 Promotion Championship. The former midfielder of Colo Colo, Universidad Católica and Universidad de Chile, just completed a three-season term. second division and he faces the biggest challenge of his early career as DT with optimism. He explained the details of the administration that would settle in the city over the next few days, and which he would command together with the northerners.
“An important step in my short career. I feel that the work done in the two teams I was in enabled me to find this opportunity and above all a great institution. “I am happy that I was able to make my work visible, as jobs in the Second Division were not due to lack of coverage,” says the former coach of Colchagua and Trasandino.
– How do you evaluate your cycle in the Second Division?
– It was a growth stage, but also professional football. There’s competition, and that’s what I like. You build everything you believe in, and luckily I’ve had good results on both teams that I can be on. This satisfies me and now this step is important. As a coach, I want to progress step by step in what I want to achieve and burn the stages. My step in the Second Division was very important to me.
– When he started out as a DT, he always said he only wanted to work at the adult level. Do you think this is the right thing to do, or should you have directed young actors before, for example?
– Yes, I am completely sure how I started the DT phase. Now, the thing is, the person is always forming. Today, especially in these categories (Second Division and Promotion), there are many players who come with many shortcomings, especially tactics. In other words, the training is over, but it is done within the competition. This made me feel comfortable. My decision was also accepted in terms of conviction. Ever since I started studying, I wanted my path to be competition, not education.
– In these early years, perhaps he encountered unexpected situations in the management of a campus. How did you face and resolve them?
– Everything happened naturally. Fortunately, I’ve had the opportunity to lead most of the teams I’ve played for in one way or another in my career. Now, of course, it takes soft skills to reach and persuade players. The management of the locker room was not an issue for me. Of course you have to face situations that a player doesn’t, but that wasn’t a problem for me.
– With the experience you have accumulated, do you think social skills are a very important element?
– Of course. First, a coach must be skilled in theory, practice and of course an important part of social skills. The player does not cease to be a person, and you need to try to be close, to know that the player believes in you. There must be a rapprochement, but a distance from the point of view of respect.
– As a player, you are one of the few who have passed through the three big clubs. Did this weigh on your management as DT?
– Yes, that’s a plus and I’m trying to use it to my advantage, but knowledge is also important. You may have played there, but if you have no knowledge and can’t reach the players, it probably won’t help. In my case, ever since I finished my career as an actor, I’ve tried to train myself, travel, meet, talk, meet coaches, and be a little more complete.
– At that time it was led by important technicians in Chile. Which of these legacies do you use in your work today?
– Guys, I’ve learned from absolutely everyone, even from people I feel have left me nothing. There is always something to be saved. Now, I have a clear idea of the game, trying to get an opponent’s goal, being a hero, and with all the coaches I had, I couldn’t develop as a player. I have great respect for everyone who shapes me, for everyone who guides me. I’ve had good, bad, and more or less, and I’ve learned something from all of them.
– Arica is one of the highlights of the Ascent who lands for an administrative matter. With what expectations will you begin your mission in the north?
– We form a team to compete. Everyone knows the history of the club, it has traditionally been in this category. I want to achieve important goals for the joy of people and secondly for those of us working in this activity.
– Coaches are always asked how they play, but not much about the way they work and train. What is your methodology?
– The methodology I have been using since I started training is Tactical Periodization. It allows me to have a training scheme. In simple terms, this methodology allows you to work on your game and ball idea from day 1. There is nothing separate in terms of gameplay here, physical, technical, tactical, psychological everything is together. It allows the player to be impregnated with the idea of the game from the very beginning.
– Why this course of action and not another? José Mourinho is the biggest proponent of this training style that originated in Portugal.
– When I was finishing my degree at Huachipato, I had to be led by Mario Salas and the truth is, I really enjoyed it. I was already a technician, I had already graduated and after that I started learning, did some courses. Although I respect all methodologies, I find it very comfortable…
– How about the structured training that Guardiola spreads with the multi-championship Barcelona under his responsibility?
– When I was finishing my degree at Huachipato, I had to be led by Mario Salas and the truth is, I really enjoyed it. I was already a technician, I had already graduated and after that I started learning, did some courses. Although I respect all methodologies, it makes me feel very comfortable… Horizontal Changepertaining to the physical part and allowing players to reach 100 percent of their cognitive and physical abilities when they need to compete. I insist, this methodology puts me at ease because later I had the opportunity to travel and learn a lot more about it. Of course we are talking about methodology, but the most important thing here is that the player believes in you. The consistency between how you convey the message, how you express yourself, what you say on the field and what you do. This is very important to me too.
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