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Julian Nagelsmann: we can learn a lot from American football

The NFL was reviewed by Julian Nagelsmann and what football could receive from the American sport.

RB Leipzig head coach Julian Nagelsmann said, as he revealed his appreciation for the Green Bay Packers, football and the NFL can benefit from each other.

“Our general manager Timmo Hardung is a huge Green Bay Packers fan, so that’s rubbed off on me a bit,” Nagelsmann told reporters ahead of Leipzig’s match against Union Berlin on Wednesday.

“My heart beats for them a bit, their history is very interesting and different from most of the other clubs in the NFL.”

Nagelsmann added: “It’s a very interesting sport. And I think we can learn a lot from American football in soccer, and our players can learn a lot from it as well. Especially in terms of their discipline in studying and executing the team’s playbook. I definitely think that’s an area that soccer can improve on.”

“The game is based on an unbelievable number of plays, and the players have to understand a lot of specific terms and then act accordingly out on the field. They have to do all that extremely quickly, which is extraordinary.”

“You could see in the games that there were one or two tricks – I’d like to see a bit more of that. ‘Hitch and Pitch’ I think it’s called. That worked quite well in the playoffs a couple of times,” he continued.”

“So American Football can learn from football, but definitely vice versa too. And if any NFL coaches would like to have a chat about it all, feel free to get in touch!”

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