Bayer Leverkusen's Lukas Hradecky feels he has become a better goalkeeper under Peter Bosz.
|Lukas Hradecky.||Photo: Bayer 04 Leverkusen|
Lukas Hradecky says adapting to Peter Bosz's playing philosophy has made him improve as a goalkeeper.
Since Bosz was appointed Bayer Leverkusen coach in December 2018, Hradecky has had to play more with his feet than he has been used to in the past, and he admits that has been a challenge.
"Adapting to this playing style has been a bit of a challenge because of how much I now get to play. I receive the ball a lot, and under pressure - I have to find the right options," Hradecky said in an interview with Forbes.
When Hradecky made a costly mistake in Leverkusen's 1-2 loss to Lokomotiv Moscow in the Champions League earlier this season, Bosz didn't criticize him.
"I made that mistake, I played that ball. But he told me afterwards 'keep doing what you're doing', and that is what you want to hear from your coach," Hradecky said and added:
"He believes in his playing philosophy, so much that one personal mistake from a player doesn't matter to him—the way he speaks about it afterwards. He's proved [at Ajax] that it is a very successful way of playing football.
"I'm happy with it, he has developed me as a goalkeeper with my feet."
Hradecky joined Leverkusen from Frankfurt in 2018-