Eddie Jones hails ‘unbelievable’ Pep Guardiola as England rugby head coach sheds more light on his visit to Bayern Munich training session

Eddie Jones is impressed with the huge energy Pep Guardiola shows in training sessions as he shed more light on when he came to visit the Spaniard at work.

The head coach of the England rugby team revealed in his autobiography My Life and Rugby, how a visit to Germany to meet then Bayern Munich boss Guardiola left him stunned and inspired.

Jones was left in awe of Guardiola’s training methods
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Jones wrote: “After a routine warm-up he [Guardiola] split them into three groups and had them working on concepts of space with relentless focus. One particular session only lasted for 30 minutes but, as they came off for a break, the players were mentally and physically drained. Despite the freezing temperatures, sweat ran down their gaunt faces.

“Pep’s razor-sharp instruction and expectation pushed the players to their limits. But with purpose, intensity and clarity, they had achieved more in half an hour than most teams would in a traditional two-hour training stint.

“I had also started to structure our training in short concentrated bursts.

“But, rather than feeling proud that Pep and I had the same views, I squirmed at how amateurish my sessions seemed when compared to Guardiola’s sophisticated and intricate coaching patterns.

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“I liked the way he could move from coaching the team, talking to everyone in ways that opened their minds, to individualistic moments when he would take a player to one side and show him exactly what he meant. He sometimes even used his hands to move a player physically so there could be no misunderstanding about what they needed to do. It was impassioned and it was inspirational.

“At the end of a long day, which finished at 7pm, Pep gave me two hours in his office. He talked about space, movement, passing, training and winning.

“I left Munich feeling almost dazed.

“It was exhilarating to watch, listen to and speak with one of the masters of our profession but, at the same time, it was embarrassing to know how far ahead of me he was.”

Jones joined Alan Brazil and Ally McCoist on talkSPORT on Thursday morning and the Australian was asked about his experience in Munich.

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He added: “You can always learn from the best coaches. When I went and watched Pep it was unbelievable.

“He had so much energy and was talking so fast in five or six languages.

“It [the training session] was all about how they receive the ball so they could see both sides of the field. These were the best players in the world being taught this but the energy and the enthusiasm and they’re playing someone at the bottom of the ladder at the weekend.

“From what I’ve seen from other teams, less [time]. It’s much more of a higher intensity and higher mental concentration.”

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