DC United’s Olsen gets some insight into Favre’s Borussia Monchengladbach operation

DC United head coach Ben Olsen recently spent time getting some access all areas opportunities with German club Borussia Monchengladbach.

DC United head coach Ben Olsen recently spent time getting some access all areas opportunities with German club Borussia Monchengladbach.

The 36-year travelled to west Germany for a week with Monchengladbach manager Lucien Favre to gain some insight into how a professional European club is run.

Olsen said it was a great chance to pick the brain of the former Switzerland international who has experience in management since 1991.

“Favre is a guy I have kept in touch with and I’ve called about players over there in the past. I have always liked the way he has thought about the game and it was a good chance for me to shadow him,” Olsen told the Washington Post.

“It was a very worthwhile trip. I watched trainings and had some one-on-one time with him, went to their game against Nurnberg, talked afterward about the game. There is very little time to further your education as a young coach when you jump right into the job.

“It’s important for me to find time to continue growing as a young coach.”

And Olsen also hinted that the trip had an element of scouting players about it.

“That always plays into this stuff,” he added. “Any time you are in a different soccer market, your brain switches into that world, but mostly it was about me getting another look at the game and a different coach who has been doing this a long time [20+ years].”

 
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