Salzburg Coach Jesse Marsch Demands His Players Target Virgil van Dijk In Furious Dressing Room Team Talk
Red Bull Salzburg coach Jesse Marsch ordered his team to be more "ruthless" against Virgil van Dijk during a furious half-time team talk at Liverpool.
The Austrian outfit trailed 3-1 at half-time in their Champions League group stage clash at Anfield on Wednesday, but they fought back from two goals down to level the game on the hour mark.
The visitors, though, conceded shortly after but their spirited comeback stems from their coach's epic dressing room team talk, where he delivered a passionate speech.
Great insight into the half-time talk from Jesse Marsch in their game vs Liverpool.- Darian Wilken (@CoachDarian) October 3, 2019
Interesting to note the emphasis placed group cohesion and re-aligning mentality before addressing any tactical components. pic.twitter.com/unNplaA25U
"Firstly, how many fouls have we committed? Maybe two?" Marsch said to his players.
"It's not a f**king friendly, it's a Champions League match. We've got to play more physical and get stuck in.
"Be more ruthless against Van Dijk, we play with too much respect. Too much respect.
"Are they strong? Yes. But it doesn't mean that we should be nice to them and don't tackle them or fight.
"They have to feel us guys, they have to know we're f**king here to compete, not just that we're here to stylistically going to try and play the same way, but we came to f**king play.
"We're going to talk about tactics but when we step on to that field with more confidence and will. Now it's us against them. Let's f**king raise our will, our fight.
"We'e seen that they are strong but we can do better and breathe life into our game. Self-confidence, physicality, that's what it's all about. They are not so dangerous with set-pieces. Come on, we have more to offer."
Liverpool raced into a three-goal thanks to a first-half blitz with Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Andy Robertson all getting on the scoresheet.
Salzburg pulled one back in the first-half before scoring twice inside the first 15 minutes of the second-half, with Leeds-born striker Erling Haaland netting from close range to make it 3-3.
Liverpool, though, restored their lead after their 'Egyptian King' scored.