Nemanja Matic reckons no manager in the Premier League history has had it tougher than Ralf Rangnick.
Rangnick has been drafted in by the Reds to guide the club until the end of the season following Solskjaer’s sacking.
With the pressure on the German to deliver a top-four finish and progress in the Champions League Matic believes the presence of managers like Guardiola, Klopp, Tuchel and Conte meaans Rangnick’s task could not be harder.
Matic said: “I think this is the toughest league so far. When I came over in 2009, it was only Chelsea and Man United who were competing. Now there are a lot of teams who have a chance to win. The smaller ones have improved a lot and buy top-class players”.
“The Premier League is just very hard. Much more than 15 years ago, and of course, every manager who comes to a new club needs a period to adapt.”
“Of course, it will take some time. But we have enough talent in the squad to understand quickly and play how he wants us to”.
“And that means a bit of everything. It isn’t just about pressing. You have to know what to do at this moment or that, and when and where to press”.
“You must be physically ready, play well tactically when your chance comes, and we are already adapting to him”.
“We understand his ideas and how he wants to play, what he wants from us in every position. Gradually we will be where he wants us to be”.
“We are all positive and we’re already adapting to him. It’s only the beginning but we are all positive about things, so we will see in the future.”
“We’ve had some problems, and must have 100 per cent concentration from the first minute to the last – but when we are focused it’s difficult to play against us”.
“You have to be clinical when you have a chance to score and if you defend well, that’s what brings you trophies – and it’s time for us to show our qualities and finally win some.”