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Jumbo-Visma discusses tactics and ‘banking’ athletes with Manchester United boss

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Jumbo-Visma’s head coach has sought the advice of Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag as the Dutch side look to tackle the balancing act of providing opportunities to several top stars at once.

According to an interview in Helden Magazine in the Netherlands, Merijn Zeeman recently traveled to Manchester to sit down with Manchester United’s former manager to discuss a variety of topics. The pair had previously met due to Erik ten Hag’s previous role as head coach of the Ajax soccer team in the Netherlands.

In recent years, Jumbo-Visma’s all-out attacking style, in which the Nationals have alternated roles with the GC riders, has been compared to the “all-out football” approach associated with the iconic Dutch football teams from the 1970s. Zeeman used his time in the north of England to try to understand ten Hag’s approach.

“He is someone from a completely different sport, but I wanted to understand from him: how do you come up with tactics? What is the essence of your sport for you? Before making a game plan, what is behind it? I had the opportunity to talk to him about it several times,” Zeeman said. Helden Magazine.

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According to the publication, one of the main topics that came up in the discussion was about the selection of squads.

Jumbo-Visma recruited heavily over the summer, adding Wilco Kelderman and Dylan van Baarle to their already impressive ranks. With Jonas Vingegaard, Primož Roglič, Sepp Kuss, Wout van Aert, Primož Roglič and new World Time Trial Champion Tobias Foss already on the books, balancing individual goals will be important for the coming season.

Erik ten Hag has a history of dealing with such critical and sensitive issues. At Manchester United, he has already taken the bold but understandable position of benching Cristiano Ronaldo, although the veteran has only recently returned to the fold, while the Dutch manager is also dealing with an underperforming team.

“Because Erik ten Hag also had to deal with that at Ajax and now he has that at United as well, I spoke to him about it,” Zeeman said. “As a manager, how do you deal with players who have won everything and suddenly find themselves on the bench? In the past, athletes had to accept that. There was also less for the human approach, I think it’s not just right now.”

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