Unai Emery has admitted that the pressure of football used to get to him as a player, and he didn’t know how to manage it on his own.
Speaking in quotes reported by Telegraph this week, Emery explained that he needed someone to help him manage the mental strain of playing in front of thousands every week.
“When I was a player, all the pressures I felt created a lot of anxiety in me,” he said.
“I didn’t know how to manage that on my own. I think I was missing someone – a manager, no doubt – who could teach me to control my emotions.”
The upside of this is that Emery knows exactly how it feels to deal with that sort of pressure alone. As a result, he aims to make sure that his players have someone to help them through similar scenarios.