American-style timeouts would improve soccer, says Mourinho

The Real Madrid boss believes having mini-intervals during play would offer coaches more freedom to influence matches, and he revealed the secrets behind his halftime team talks.

Jose Mourinho believes soccer would be improved by the introduction of timeouts seen in many American sports.

The Real Madrid boss has admitted he believes that having such a rule like in the NBA and NFL that allows for breaks in play for coaches to talk tactics with their players and try to inspire them would allow coaches to exert greater influence from the sidelines in soccer.

"It's something that I think could improve football a little bit," Mourinho told CNN. "It would allow a coach to have a relation with the players during a match. You could ask for a minute like the American sports have. It probably would be a solution, or give us some more freedom to walk around the touchline."

Mourinho also revealed that many of his halftime speeches are spontaneous, but that some are planned in advance in a bid get the best out of his players.

"Sometimes, it's spontaneous. Sometimes, you don't think and sometimes, you don't have time to think," Mourinho said. "But many other times, of course, I prepare myself. Even when I'm in the match, the last 10 minutes of the first half, more than analyzing the game, I'm preparing myself for halftime, because that's when I can have an impact on the players.

"I can help the players to improve and to win a match, so I try to be an observer and I try to analyze the game during the first 30-35 minutes of the first half, and the last 10 minutes I am preparing myself for my [talk] with the players."

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