Rangers star explains differences between Gio and 'emotional' Steven Gerrard
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Rangers star explains differences between Gio and 'emotional' Steven Gerrard

Rangers defender Leon Balogun has praised Ibrox boss Gio van Bronckhorst and his coaching staff as he outlined the differences between the Dutchman and his ’emotional’ predecessor Steven Gerrard.

The German-born Nigerian international is likely to start on the bench against Eintracht Frankfurt tonight in the Europa League final in Seville as the Light Blues aim to lift their first European trophy in 50 years.

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Balogun was full of praise for van Bronckhorst and his staff but spoke even more glowingly about the Rangers support – admitting they give the players “extra energy.”

“We have a very good coaching staff who have a match plan for every opponent. Every player knows what it means to represent this badge. The support of the fans gives us a huge boost above all in Europe,” Balogun said [SportBild]

“They push us so much you get extra energy even though your lungs are burning & your legs are heavy – and you just keep running.

“Steven was somewhat more emotional. Gio is more reflective & gives us a different type of self-confidence. He emboldens us to trust in his plan but also in our own capabilities.

“He (Gio) gives you many fine details which make you better. Small things that in the end become big things for example, exact passing info and info on positional play. That helps the team to implement his plan in the best way possible.”

‘Emotional’ differences between Rangers bosses GvB and Gerrard clear to see from interviews

Anyone who has watched more than a few interviews involving the two Rangers bosses, will have seen the clear difference in how they react emotionally.

Gerrard very obviously wore his heart on his sleeve and let that come out in interviews and pitchside while van Bronckhorst is more reserved and calm.

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Neither is the right or wrong way but it is interesting that it also translated across to the players in the dressing room and on the training pitch.

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