Sadly when I was a younger coach, I heard a couple of quotes from Julio Velasco that were misrepresented to me or either deliberately or ‘accidently’ presented to me out of context. From this lack of information I was not able to develop a true understanding of the breadth of his vision or his real impact on the game. I regret that.
For example, I was presented with the quote ‘I am a coach, not a psychologist’. I recently heard the full context from Alessandro Lodi, who has a native’s access to the original Italian. The full quote is a lot more like…
“Some things do not work because we do not train them. For instance, we hit, the ball is overdug, it comes directly to us, it falls. Many coaches would say: my players are not focused, they have psychological problem. I coach perfectly, but I am not a psychologist, so I cannot do anything, it is not my fault. Psychology is the great excuse nowadays.”
The short (mis)representation says the coach doesn’t have to think about psychology. The long representation bemoans coaches who blame lack of performance on the psychological state of their athletes and then wash their hands of responsibility for it.** The difference between the two is somewhat massive. I would go so far as to say they are exactly opposite.
To prevent me from deliberately or accidentally falling into the exact same trap, I have linked three short Youtube clips from presentations by Velasco in Italian with subtitles in English. I leave them to you without further commentary.
Read about the principles that Vyacheslav Platonov to this coaching feat here.