Sander Berge Praises ‘Exceptional Coach’ Philippe Clement for League Success Ambitions

Burnley’s Norwegian midfielder, Sander Berge, has lauded Rangers manager Philippe Clement as an “exceptional coach,” expressing confidence in Clement’s ability to guide the team to league success. Berge, who played under Clement’s management during their time at Genk, believes the experienced coach is the key to bringing the league trophy to Ibrox.

“For sure,” stated Berge, emphasizing Clement’s significance. “He’s huge. It’s a big club for him to take over, but he has a lot of experience from his time at Club Brugge and Genk. He knows what it’s all about. I think his fighting spirit and passion – he wants to win every game – suits British football and especially the Scottish league and a team that is known for winning a lot.”

Despite Celtic’s dominance with only one title win in the last 12 years, Berge is optimistic about a shift with Clement at the helm. “He’s got very good man management,” Berge continued. “He’s a top guy and knows how to find the strengths of a team and improve that. He builds a team that doesn’t have many weaknesses.”

Reflecting on their successful stint at Genk, where they clinched the Belgian league title, Berge highlighted Clement’s massive influence on the team. “He was massive for us. We won the league with him, and he played a huge part in my career. He’s very good with the players, and I think he will do really well for Rangers.”

Berge commended Clement’s dedication to football and his continuous pursuit of improvement. “I could tell he really lived for football. He was always looking for improvements and was always thinking about it. He was also very good at including the players in his thinking. He had a good relationship with the players, and that’s massive. He got the best out of us. He’s very hardworking.”

The emphasis on fitness and high-press tactics sets Clement apart, according to Berge. “He’s an exceptional coach with a huge belief in hard work and determination. That will give them a huge boost for sure.”

Recalling Clement’s impact at Genk, Berge noted the coach’s ability to transform a young side into title contenders. “He managed to bring in experience and the mindset of how to win games. That was the key because the talent was there but it was a squad that lacked that bit of experience to take the final step. He just knew what we needed.”

Berge, who won the Belgian Super Cup under Clement, emphasized the coach’s strength in extracting the best from his players. “He got a 25 or 30-year-old version out of me when I was still 19/20, and I think that says a lot. It’s a skill in today’s world to get the best out of players when there are so many different nationalities, but he brought us together. He created a family environment, where we all were ready to work.”


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