In preparation for England’s second group stage match against the USA in Qatar, Gregg Berhalter has sent Gareth Southgate some kind words.
According to Gregg Berhalter, Gareth Southgate is one of England’s best managers.
Upon getting the job as United States boss in 2018, Berhalter asked Southgate for advice, and they developed a strong bond. Since then, Berhalter and Southgate have developed a mutual respect, but he expressed admiration for how Southgate managed England.
If England has a good run at the World Cup, Berhalter will be one of England’s most successful managers.
The public wants to see the team win. I understand that, and Gareth understands that. The three significant tournaments will be the group stage, final, and semi-final if they reach the final.
“We have a responsibility as managers to ensure our team wins, whether a friend or a Nations League Group game.
In my experience as a national team coach, as they say, you are only as good as your last performance. As England has had some trouble lately, he has been given a lot of slack. We should pay more attention to the major tournaments. At the European Championships, he reached the final, and at the World Cup, they made it to the semi-finals.
It doesn’t matter how many times he plays; look at the record he has in significant tournaments – that’s why we play at the international level.”
This 49-year-old has been the first man to play for and coach the US national team at the same time, and he has, like Southgate, championed young players, given them a chance to excel, and encouraged them to have a voice. Compared when Berhalter took over, there were many parallels between when he was in charge and when I took over. That is why I thought it would be beneficial for me to reach out to him to ask if he would have some spare time and if he could teach me something.
I admired how he managed those first two years when he took over the squad, as it was essential.
Gregg Berhalter is a fan of Gareth Southgate but wants to outdo him on November 25.
England is among the favorites to win the tournament, but Berhalter believes players must stay ambitious and approach it as two different challenges.
Added: “England is still the favorite to win the World Cup.” Gareth can choose from a squad of 40 players with high quality. Any manager would love to have that choice.
We are legitimately looking at this as two separate tournaments. You have a Group stage tournament of four teams in which all you need to do is be in the top two.
“From there, if you’re in the top two, you’ll earn the right to play in this knockout tournament, which is just four games long. It doesn’t matter what kind of team you are to win it.