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how Giovanni van Bronckhorst managed to succeed Steven Gerrard

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“Aston Villa Football Club are delighted to announce the appointment of Steven Gerrard as their new Head Coach. Gerrard guided Glasgow Rangers to the Scottish Premiership title last season, finishing the campaign unbeaten in the league. The 41-year-old has drawn many admirers into the game for his work in transforming the fortunes of the Glasgow giants while implementing an appealing and attacking style of football. Gerrard, who enjoyed a stellar playing career with Liverpool and England, joined Rangers in 2018 after a stint as an Academy coach at Liverpool. revealed Aston Villa in a press release last November. A few words that put an end to the Steven Gerrard era on the Gers bench. Arriving 3 and a half years earlier from Glasgow, the former glory of Liverpool had left its mark on an entire club. In three seasons, he will have advanced his training to offer him a historic title by remaining undefeated which put an end to nine years of hegemony of Celtic Glasgow. Leaving the club at the top of the championship to his successor Giovanni van Bronckhorst, he also left a monster pressure on the Dutch technician.

Former Feyenoord coach with whom he won the last league title in 2016/2017 as well as two National Cups (2016 and 2018) and two Supercups (2018 and 2019), Giovanni van Bronckhorst has had his first experience as a coach, but decided to continue with a departure for China in Guangzhou City which was not conclusive. It was therefore with great suspicion that he was welcomed to Glasgow. If his time as a player on the Gers side between 1998 and 2001 was rather interesting, the 47-year-old technician did not arrive with the most reassuring Curriculum Vitae. Raising doubt, he did not reassure in his first outing with a 3-1 defeat against Hibernian in the semi-finals of the League Cup. Raising their heads immediately in the Europa League with a convincing victory against Sparta Prague synonymous with qualification (2-0) and hanging Olympique Lyonnais (1-1), the Rangers slowly found their cruising speed. However, the Teddy Bears will experience a low in early 2022. While leading the winter break by six points, the Rangers will be gently overtaken by an invincible Celtic Glasgow in 2022 in the league. This will be confirmed since the Bhoys won the championship with four points ahead of the Gers.

He revived Alfredo Morelos and can offer a historic double for Rangers

Despite losing the title, the results were very interesting with 27 wins, 7 draws and 5 losses for the Dutch technician in 39 matches with Rangers including 14 wins, 4 draws and 2 losses in the league. This downgrading in the Scottish Premiership was compensated in the eyes of the supporters by several things. Already on an individual level, he restored the confidence of striker Alfredo Morelos who was coming out of a disappointing season. The latter was able to count on the contribution of Roy Makaay in the staff of Giovanni van Bronckhorst to revive. “It’s an advantage for Morelos that Roy speaks Spanish like me. Each player has their own story and we worked with them in our own way. I watched videos of him playing before I came to the club. He came out of the attacking role a little too often. We just want him to operate in the surface. Morelos feels happy and he scored a lot. So it looks good. I just want us as a Rangers team to become one machine. No exceptions are made for players. dropped the Dutch technician.

The Colombian striker has 12 goals and 6 offers in 22 matches since the Dutchman’s arrival and despite thigh problems encountered in recent weeks, he has been able to regain his best level. He will try to display it in the Europa League final. Because yes, in terms of the Cups, the Dutch coach has been able to maintain unity in the group and strengthen it. Scottish Cup finalists next Saturday against Heart of Midlothian, Rangers have made an appointment with their history. Maintaining an offensive and attractive game where the clinical side (18 goals and 17 offerings in 56 matches this season) James Tavernier has a place of choice in the animation, the Gers have been able to thwart the predictions by offering themselves two German cadors , Borussia Dortmund (4-2/2-2) and RB Leipzig (0-1/3-1) while dismissing Red Star Belgrade (3-0/1-2) and Braga (0-1 / 3-1 ap) to reach its second Europa League final in its history. The last ? A 2-0 defeat against Zenit in 2008 where goalkeeper Allan McGregor (40) was already there.

While the meeting against Eintracht Frankfurt can offer Glasgow Rangers their second European title since the 1971-1972 European Cup Winners’ Cup gleaned against Dynamo Moscow (3-2), Giovanni van Bronckhorst is aware of the posteriority that he can already leave in a club that he left his mark on as a player. “It feels really good. Reaching a final is always a good feeling, but you’ll have a better feeling if you win the final, that’s all we have to do. We haven’t done anything yet. I think we deserve to be in the final, but I also know we have to put in another good performance that night to get the trophy. […] I have faith and confidence in my players, they are really focused and in a good physical and mental position. Everything is in place to play well against Frankfurt next week and make history with this club. he explained in an interview for UEFA. Despite the departure of Steven Gerrard, Rangers have not collapsed and part of that credit goes to Giovanni van Bronckhorst. Relaunching his career, the Dutch technician can still give him a boost if he wins this Wednesday.

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