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Luis Garcia reveals Coaching Ambitions, names Tactical Mentor

Luis Garcia reveals Coaching Ambitions: Liverpool icon Luis Garcia has spoken about his ambitions to become a manager in the future, opening up about the influences that helped push him towards a coaching career. Currently working as a football analyst for ESPN and an ambassador for La Liga, Garcia revealed that he recently obtained his UEFA Pro License – the highest coaching qualification in Europe.

Luis Garcia reveals:

Although the 44-year-old will not be looking for a head coaching role in the future, he has spoken about the path he wants to take in the management of the football club. “I want to be ready [for a professional coaching position],” Garcia told media during the La Liga launch event.

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“I want to give myself a couple of years. I want to talk to different managers. I want to be involved a bit more and then I’ll see what happens.”

Garcia’s impressive playing career, which included winning the Champions League at Liverpool in 2004-05 and spells at the likes of Barcelona and Atletico Madrid, fueled his desire to move into coaching. The silky-skillful winger revealed that his Reds boss Rafael Benitez was the manager who first got him to think about football from a tactical point of view.

And his work as a pundit over the past few years had made him realize how much his mind was connected to coaching. I think the first thing you think about when you retire is probably being a coach — continuing to work in the game,” Garcia said.

The biggest influence on my coaching journey was Rafa Benitez. He was the coach who helped me understand football more, taught me more about playing different positions, how to play forward on the field and how to approach each play.

“I’m working really hard on TV right now – I’m really enjoying what I’m doing at ESPN right now.

“When you get your coaching license, you start watching football matches and thinking what would you do if you were coaching in that match – ‘What are they doing, they’re doing it right? Not doing’.

“That’s something that has changed. Before I used to watch the game and think, ‘Oh that was great, what a match, oh what a great goal’.” “But now I’m watching more games and I’m starting to analyze it a lot more and see different things.”

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