Valencia CF vs Rayo Vallecano

Nov, 24 / 16:15 Matchday 13

Actualidad del Valencia C.F.
October, 12 2016

Björklund: "Prandelli is not the typical 'Catenaccio' coach"

Former Valencia CF player Joachim Björklund is back at the club in a different role, as assistant coach of the Cadete B side. Not only does he have experience of playing at VCF, but he also enjoyed a brief spell playing under new Valencia CF coach Cesare Prandelli. Speaking to VCF Radio on Wednesday, the former defender recalled his time with the Italian.

"I played under Prandelli at Venezia, at the start of a season (in 2001, before joining Sunderland in January of 2002). The team weren't great, but he seemed like a very good person to me," explained Björklund.

"I've seen him here at the Ciudad Deportiva and we've chatted for two minutes -it was the first day that he arrived here, so he had a lot of work to do. We did greet each other, however, and it seemed as though he recognised me."

The 45-year-old also gave his impressions of Prandelli as a coach -the hot topic in the run-up to the Italian's first game in charge of Valencia CF this weekend.

"Fitness is very important for him. I've had various Italian coaches and they are all focused on fitness and tactics. However, despite being an Italian coach he also wants his sides to play well. He's not a purveyor of 'catenaccio' (the defensive Italian football style)."

"Of the coaches I played under at Valencia CF, Claudio Ranieri is Italian and he liked tactics a lot -as did Héctor Cupér. Prandelli is from the same school of thought, but he was more focused on the team's play as well," Björklund elaborated.