He’s one of the most decorated football managers to grace the game and Marcelo Bielsa is certainly not short of admirers.
The Leeds United boss has been in management for almost 30 years after managing various clubs across South America, Europe and on the international scene.
Bielsa has inspired the latest generation of high profile managers in the game, including Pep Guardiola.
The Manchester City boss is a self-confessed admirer of the Leeds United head coach after admiring his work during his time as a player and a manager – something that was made evident by one of his former players.
Guardiola enjoyed a successful spell in charge of German giants Bayern Munich where he managed Javi Martinez, and in an interview with Goal the 31-year-old revealed the lengths that the now-Man City boss would go to to learn from the Argentinian coach.
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Martinez said: “When I was training under Pep, he came to me again and again and asked me about my time with Bielsa.
He wanted to know how Bielsa trained, how he dealt with players – but this respect is mutual.
“Pep admires Bielsa. Bielsa admires Pep.”
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It’s easy for Leeds United fans to forget just how fortunate they are to have Marcelo Bielsa as their head coach.
Attracting the much-decorated manager to Elland Road was something of a coup and it’s clear to see just how much of an impact he has had since moving to West Yorkshire.
With the greatest of respect, Bielsa is capable of managing one of the biggest clubs in Europe and that is clear by just how highly-rated he is by managers such as Pep Guardiola.
If he can get Leeds promoted to the Premier League it will undoubtedly be a huge achievement for the Argentine as he fulfils a career-long aspiration of managing in England’s top flight.