Coming into this Manchester Metropolis squad should be a frightening expertise for any new signing, however goalkeeper Zack Steffen says Pep Guardiola makes the transition as straightforward as doable.
Steffen signed for the membership final summer season, earlier than spending the 2019/20 season on mortgage at Fortuna Dusseldorf. Now, after the departure of Claudio Bravo, Steffen has joined the Metropolis first crew squad to supply competitors for Ederson.
The US worldwide has expertise within the MLS and Bundesliga, and whereas he’s highly-rated he admits the step as much as the calls for of Guardiola’s Metropolis aspect is a brand new problem all collectively.
But it surely appears Guardiola is aware of he has to show new additions play in his system progressively, as Steffen revealed the supervisor and his teaching workers stability depth with an understanding that he wants time to adapt to his new environment.
“Pep is clearly a really good, very prestigious coach,” Steffen stated. “It’s superior to be on the within and actually see how he works, everyday.
“I really feel like he has a great stability of being centered and intense, however with that he additionally brings humour, genuineness, and kindness. It’s been cool to see how he works and the way his teaching workers works.
“They do a very good job of creating positive we really feel at residence, the brand new gamers. Ensuring we really feel settled and joyful, and that we perceive how they wish to play.”
“I might say undoubtedly its extra technical, there’s simply a lot extra element than I’ve ever been part of,” Steffen continued, explaining how coaching at Metropolis is already enhancing his understanding of the sport.
“Whether or not that’s hand positioning once you’re catching the ball, or a set place in a sure shot or one v one, there are such a lot of little features that I clearly knew of and know the methods, however I really feel I by no means actually obtained the explanations of why you try this.
“I really feel like I’ve sharpened myself within the technical space for positive. Simply watching these guys, being on excessive alert each coaching session, and being in that degree, you develop mentally and also you study the sport.
“It’s been powerful with the Covid state of affairs, with no pre-season video games and never having that point to get to know these guys off the sphere. It’s been undoubtedly a bizarre 12 months and a bizarre season, however I really feel like I’ve already grown on the sphere with Metropolis.
“Their goalie coach is basically detailed and may be very wanting to make me a greater goalkeeper, after which simply working with these guys day in and time out; the coaching, degree of depth, ability, expertise, and all the pieces that goes into it, I really feel myself rising.
“Clearly getting video games week in and week out is most vital and that’s what I need proper now. However I’m trusting the method. I’m getting these video games within the EFL Cup, and I’m simply attempting to study from the blokes in coaching.”