Roberto Carlos: I’m like Del Bosque

Former Real Madrid defender Roberto Carlos claims his coaching style is similar to that of Vicente del Bosque.

The Brazilian, who played under the Spanish national team boss when he was in charge at the Santiago Bernabeu, took over at Turkish outfit Sivasspor this summer and admitted in an interview with AS he had taken on some of his old boss’s methods.

“When something happens to a player I am there. I try to make life easier and I am a lot like Del Bosque. I’m intense but also find it a joy to coach.

“Vicente thought about football, then resting, then football again. I’m the same. He was a simple man who was like my father and I did not want him to leave [Real Madrid]…He was loved.

“However, that is in the past. They are just decisions and something is always going to happen at Madrid. It occurred with Del Bosque and [Fernando] Hierro, there were whistles for [David] Beckham, [Zinedine] Zidane, me…”

He was also asked about the current climate at Madrid, in particular with regard to Iker Casillas’ situation and Carlo Ancelotti’s decision to rotate his goalkeepers in La Liga and the Champions League.

“If a Coach has eight players at his side who are leaders it is easier. I learned that with Luiz Felipe Scolari. When a leader wants to be in the starting line-up and he doesn’t accept it, or another player is in a better position, then that’s what can happen.

“It’s something that has to be sorted out in the dressing room. Before, Iker was irreplaceable but now not so much, yet he has accepted it and adapted to the new situation because he knows he will get minutes this season.

“As for the rotation system, it’s something I would do. I’d put Iker in goal for La Liga games, because of his seniority at the club, and play Diego Lopez in the Champions League as he has confidence in himself.”

The 40-year-old was invited to comment on Gareth Bale’s €100m world record move from Tottenham Hotspur to Real Madrid.

“They paid the money for him because he deserves it. Bale is worth it (laughs). They also paid a lot for Zidane, [Luis] Figo, Ronaldo, Cristiano…Barca also paid a lot for Neymar.

“He was worth it so I can’t understand why Tata Martino criticised Bale’s signing and made reference to the current economic situation. You have to pay for this type of player,” he added.

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