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Brendan Rodgers hails ‘brilliant’ Marcelo Bielsa ahead of Leeds v Leicester

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Brendan Rodgers hails ‘brilliant’ Marcelo Bielsa ahead of Leeds v Leicester

Leeds United meet Leicester City over the course of this weekend and Brendan Rodgers has been singing the praises of Whites gaffer, Marcelo Bielsa.

It looks set to be a barnstorming affair at Elland Road as two of the form teams of the season go head to head live on Monday evening.

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Leicester won in Europe this week and also saw off Arsenal last weekend, while Leeds’ demolition job of Aston Villa has caught the attention of Premier League fans and pundits alike.

And Rodgers, who was speaking ahead of the game via Yorkshire Live, has admitted he has nothing but admiration for Marcelo Bielsa.

“There are some coaches I look at and respect all around the world, guys like Bielsa, who I have followed intently all my life. A brilliant coach, an innovator of players and teams and maybe he hasn’t won a whole bagful of trophies over the course of his career.

“But he has had brilliant teams set up I have always admired and that doesn’t make him any worse or less a coach than anyone else.”

Bielsa will be well aware he faces a different type of battle this weekend, with Rodgers also known for his stringent and detailed tactical plans.

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Furthermore, Jamie Vardy could provide Robin Koch and Liam Cooper with the stiffest test they’ve faced yet, while Kalvin Phillips is still missing from the base of the Leeds midfield.


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It’s becoming an almost weekly comment from opposition managers but the respect Marcelo Bielsa has in the game is so obvious.

Rodgers, like Bielsa, likes to be an innovator and few can question how he has got this Leicester team playing some of the best football we see on a weekly basis in the PL.

It should be a fine game at Elland Road and for the neutral, should have plenty of goals and attacking play.

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