Leeds United’s Argentine coach Marcelo Bielsa describes Manchester City’s Spanish manager Pep Guardiola as “a magical man”, in an installment of the ‘Fever Pitch’ space about English football on the live sport streaming platform DAZN.
When referring to Guardiola, Bielsa affirms: “He is a magical man. What he knows how to do I find it enormously difficult to try, and I have already given up. I have a genuine admiration for what he does. “
“Interpreting the novel decisions that he incorporates into a game is already a way of falling in love with football. The City is always indecipherable“, he specifies.
The Argentine also reveals the origin of his nickname El Loco: “When I started working in the minor divisions of Newell’s, Carlos Picerni directed three divisions and I had only one. And my training lasted longer than his three. He said I was crazy. That’s where it came from. “
Regarding the highest praise a coach can receive, the Argentine states: “The highest praise is to bring closer, through a group of players, 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 also reflects on The hardest thing about being a coach: “It is the most difficult weight a coach carries. When the game ends and you go home and lost. You have the sadness of many people in your charge.”
Finally, Bielsa responds to how he is facing the current season with Leeds: “We try to do what we do better and better. I don’t have many other options than to try to ensure that what I understand should be done, is done better and better, because I have no imagination for very different things. “