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USA manager hails Wenger influence

Klinsi discusses inspirational mentor

By | 8th November 2011

United States manager Jurgen Klinsmann will lead his side into a highly anticipated friendly fixture against Les Bleus in Paris on Friday evening and hopes to see the man who once taught him invaluable lessons in France – Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger.

Wenger coached Klinsmann for two years in Monaco and although the former Germany international striker had already enjoyed prolific spells at Stuttgart and Inter Milan earlier in his career, his stint in the Ligue 1 made him enjoy attacking football on a whole new level.

“I had a blast when I played for Monaco. I had two fantastic years with Arsène Wenger. We had a tremendous run in the Champions League when Arsène led us to the semi-finals,” Klinsmann said ahead of the Americans’ visit to Stade de France.

He added: “[I loved] experiencing the style of football in France 20 years ago… a very technical and fast-paced game. I loved the technical approach of it. It was a formidable experience and I will never forget it.”

Acknowledging that Wenger was also a brilliant source of managerial knowledge, Klinsmann stated: “I learnt a lot from him, especially now for my coaching career. He was an inspiration and I took a lot of what he taught me.”

Klinsmann wasted no time in applying Wenger’s principles about attacking football when he led the German national team to an entertaining run en route to a third-place finish in the FIFA World Cup 2006.

He hopes to emulate the same philosophy while in charge of the U.S. national team and one of the first major initiatives he has undertaken is sending young American prospects such as FC Dallas striker Brek Shea to train with Wenger’s Gunners during the Major League Soccer’s off-season.



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