Marcelo Bielsa on Pep Guardiola
Marcelo bielsa is one of the most admired coaches in the world and with Pep Guardiola He has a special relationship because the Spanish has always manifested himself as a follower of the Argentine. Despite this, the Loco he has never been able to win a game with his teams and this Saturday they will meet again for matchday 31 Premier League. In the previous one, the former coach of the Athletic Bilbao and from Olympic Marsella, among others, gave a long interview in which he addressed various issues, including his relationship with Pep.
The 65-year-old Rosario spoke with DAZN and this Tuesday a preview of what will be published on Saturday was known, in which Bielsa himself admits to having surrendered in his competition against the former Barcelona: ”Interpreting the innovative decisions that he incorporates into a game is already a way of falling in love with football, he is a magical man, what he knows how to do is enormously difficult for me to try and I have already given up but I have a genuine admiration for him. that makes”.
In the interview, Bielsa also recalled how his nickname was born and awarded it to Carlos Picerni, who was in charge of the fourth, fifth and sixth division of Newell’s, when he had just started his cycle as youth coach in the Rosario club at the head of a single category: “My training lasted longer than the three of him, so he told me that I was crazy and there it stayed”
On the other hand, the Loco He considered that for him “the highest praise is to have obtained, through a group of players, to bring the game he achieves closer to what football, as a sport, can generate. All sports have a potential for beauty that is very difficult to achieve and is much more difficult to achieve in a high proportion ”.
Bielsa, 65, managed to rise with Leeds and in the Premier League his team is in the middle of the table (Reuters)
In this sense, when thinking about great coaches who have known how to carry out this, he mentioned his compatriot Cesar Luis Menotti, “Who made some teams where football in its beauty possibilities, he achieved them in a very high percentage through a group of players.”
The Argentine also admitted that he feels uncomfortable being singled out as a reference in football and assured: “What the players, in general, value a lot and appreciate is that the coach does not lie to them.” In this framework, he added that the greatest difficulty for a technician is that of “managing at the same time the interests of a group made up of individuals who need to agree on common objectives, but there are times when the objectives of one harm those of another”.
“The greatest praise is that the player values the sincerity of the coach because he recognizes him credible and gives him that condition,” he insisted.
In the same way, Bielsa analyzed the two main scenarios that coaches face today: “What the media say is not relevant, but it is very significant to produce joy or sadness, because a result of a soccer team, he plays well or badly, he generates a lot of conditional support ”. At this point, he emphasized the responsibility that he and his colleagues have when leading a team: “The fan is sadness or joy. That is the hardest weight a coach carries. That is what nobody is very aware of that when a game ends and you go home, you lost, you have the sadness of many people in your charge ”.
This weekend, Bielsa’s Leeds will have a key commitment to the Premier League when they meet Guardiola’s Manchester City. In the last match the balance was a 1-1 draw, but now the celestial team has 20 victories in their last 21 presentations so they will have to do more than necessary to bring joy to their audience.
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