Samuel: “I wanted peace after retiring but being on Pioli’s staff was a unique opportunity”
Walter Samuel also spoke on how he ended up on Stefano Pioli’s coaching team and his role in an interview with El Grafico: “I was working for about a month as a scout for Inter, following players for the first team. Then came the news of Frank de Boer’s sacked. When Stefano Pioli arrived, he asked me to work with the team and inserted me in his staff. We did not know one another personally, I had only played against teams coached by him. When we got together, I wanted to know if the interest me was spontaneous or not. He said yes and he asked me to be among his staff. I thought about it for a few days, I wanted peace after my 20 year career, but then I evaluated everything and I realised that for me it was a unique opportunity. Fortunately things have went well. I do not work only with the defenders, we all do everything. We prepare the workout for the day, we watch videos, I myself am an active part in the exercises sometimes. The idea is to perform intense workouts. I suggest an exercise that we then put into practice, in this sense it is good to work with a coach like Pioli. I like to participate, to be consulted, not just be there for the sake of being there. It is something very different to than when I played: I watch how they prepare for the games, things that I do to prepare the team…I do not go on the bench during the game: I go in the stands with two other boys and from there I take notes and take pictures, then go into the locker room.
He concluded speaking on whether or not he’d go into management: “My idea is, I’ll try. However, it is not easy to stand in front of a group. I’ve always been a bit shy, all this is giving me experience. I’m very curious. Players call me Walter and those who have more confidence like Rodrigo Palacio call me ‘Cabeza’, but when I am in front of them all I say is: ‘Respect me a little.'”