Jonathan Barnett, executive chairman of ICM Stellar, a company that represents Gareth Bale, Grealish or Camavinga, among others, opened its first office in Portugal on Monday. Maisfutebol was present and took the opportunity to speak with Michael Reschke, responsible for hiring Roger Schmit for Bayer Leverkusen and currently head of recruitment at the agency.
“I was the one who signed Roger at Leverkusen. I signed him and moved to Bayern. We didn’t work together on a day-to-day basis, but I know all the players who worked with him at Leverkusen. I “I’m very close to Renato Augusto, the Brazilian international who worked with Roger in China. He and all the other players really enjoyed working with him. I’m sure he will do a fantastic job at Benfica.” he started by saying, during a conversation with our newspaper.
The German, who has also worked at clubs such as Bayern Munich, Stuttgart and Schalke 04, explained what to expect from Benfica’s new manager.
“Roger Schmidt was working at PSV and the club wanted to extend his contract. In Germany, some big clubs are looking for a new coach and Roger Schmidt’s name has always been mentioned. But he decided to come to Benfica. I’m sure he There are two main reasons for that. Benfica are still one of the biggest clubs in Europe, they are a giant club and they like to work with young players. Maybe that was very important for Benfica. On the other hand, Schmidt has a particular idea of how he wants to play: he wants to dominate, put a lot of pressure on the opponent and favor the attacking side of the game. It was a good decision on Benfica’s part to sign Roger. did he declare.
“Roger Schmidt will develop the youngsters. At Leverkusen and PSV he also worked with more experienced players. The goal is always to succeed with the team at your disposal. But it is also important to develop the players. I’m sure Roger will do a fantastic job at Benfica.”
Michael Reschke praised his compatriot, an intelligent coach, and assured that from now on he will already know what to expect from the red club and the Portuguese championship.
“Roger has been successful in Austria, China, Germany and the Netherlands. The reason for this success is the intelligence it has. Roger is very smart. You will not arrive at Benfica without knowing the club and Portuguese football. I’m sure it will be fine,” he concluded.
Roger Schmidt signed for two seasons with Benfica with another option.