Eddie Jones has spoken about his experience watching Pep Guardiola conduct a Bayern Munich training session.
Jones met Guardiola last November, and described it as one of the ‘best meetings I’ve ever had’:
I went to Bayern Munich and met Pep Guardiola. It was absolutely fascinating.
I watched him taking a training session and it made me embarrassed by my coaching — he was so brilliant.
The Australian was astonished by Guardiola’s ability to work players to the extent that they were dripping with sweat in the freezing German winter:
He has got some of the best players in the world — Franck Ribery, Arjen Robben and Thomas Muller — and he just worked them so hard.
It was -3C and they came off the field dripping with sweat, they had worked that hard. And they play like 45 games a year. That really reinforced for me how much there is in players.
Jones spoke about how this style of coaching is reflected in his own at Japan, where he turned a relatively poor set of players into a team that could defeat South Africa:
The one thing I’m proud about with Japan is that we showed how much you can actually improve as a team and a player if you work hard and are smart enough. It’s not just about working hard, but training smart.
The 52-year-old also openly discussed philosophies and tactics with the Bayern coach, and the two found great similarities between football and rugby:
We talked about his philosophy and about how you move the football into space because in rugby, once you get away from the set-piece, it’s like football.
Jones also spoke about some of what he learned from Pep and intends to put in place with his England side:
If the ball is fast then we should be at the line and pressing. If it is slow we need a slightly different formation. It is about understanding that.
You watch good teams play and when the ball starts going forward they all move together and there are options.
Jones’ first game in charge of his new England side is the Six Nations opener against Scotland on February 6.