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Robert Lewandowski claimed Klopp is a “bad teacher in the best sense of the word” and why Klopp is a “father figure” to him
“When the second season began, I was still struggling. I also felt that Jurgen wanted something from me, but I didn’t understand exactly what.
“So after a really bad defeat to Marseille in the Champions League – I think we lost 3–0 – I went to see him. I said, ‘Jurgen, come on. We have to speak. Just tell me what you expect from me.’
“I can’t remember everything he told me – my German still wasn’t the best – but through the few words I knew and from his body language, we understood each other. We had a great chat.
“Three days later, I scored a hat trick and assisted another goal against Augsburg. We won 4–0, and that was the turning point for me.
“It was a mental thing, a hang-up of some sort. And I think it had something to do with my father.
“At the time I didn’t think about it. But now I realise that my conversation with Jurgen was like one of those I wish I could’ve had with my dad [who died when Lewandowski was a teenager]. One of those I had not been able to have in many, many years.
“I could talk to Jurgen about anything. I could trust him. He is a family man, and he has so much empathy for what goes on in your private life.”
Lewandowski and Klopp went on to win the league-cup double in the 2011/12 season and the Pole – who moved to Bayern Munich in 2014 – amusingly reflected on why his former manager was a “bad teacher”.
“Jurgen was not only a father figure to me. As a coach, he was like the ‘bad’ teacher. And I mean that in the best sense of the word.
“Let me explain. Think back to you when you were in school. Which teacher do you remember the most? Not the one who made life easy for you and never expected anything from you.
“No, no, no. You remember the bad teacher, the one who was strict with you. The one who put pressure on you and did everything to get the best out of you.
“That’s the teacher who made you better, right? And Jurgen was like that.”
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