Clement on life at Real Madrid

Real Madrid assistant Paul Clement has revealed his emotions when he was told he would be working at Real Madrid.

The 41-year-old used to be a PE teacher before claiming his UEFA ‘A’ licence. After working briefly at Fulham, he was asked to become one of the backroom staff at Chelsea under Carlo Ancelotti.

The Englishman has since followed Ancelotti to Paris Saint-Germain and now to Santiago Bernabeu.

"My knees started to shake at the possibility that I could work at Real Madrid," he told the BBC.

"When I came with Carlo that first day I felt the magnitude of the club. The support for Madrid in the country and worldwide. They have incredible infrastructure.

“Then there are the sponsors involved with the club.

"It feels bigger than a club, it's an institution.

"Carlo treats the players like men. He expects respect in both directions. He also loves to coach on the field – he's very active day to day.

"Carlo carries out the practices and does the work. He's very good in the classroom – with a flip chart, on the tactics board and with the video.

"He's really good to work for – over time he's given me more and more responsibility.

"The list of top players at Real Madrid is endless. These stars are under an incredible amount of pressure – especially at this club – and what Carlo does well is understand the pressure they are under.

"His calm temperament is a help to that, especially during the week in training – the way he manages them individually."

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