Leeds United boss Marcelo Bielsa has told the Yorkshire Evening Post that he refutes any suggestions that Pep Guardiola’s success is in any way down to him.
The Spaniard picked up another Premier League title on Sunday and is firmly established as one of the best coaches in the world.
Bielsa has been labelled the ‘best coach in the world’ by Guardiola previously. The pair famously met ahead of the current City boss accepting the Barcelona job offer in 2008.
The Leeds boss isn’t amused by suggestions that he can take any claim for his success and strongly denies such a notion.
He told the Yorkshire Evening Post: ” The beauty of the play of the teams he has built you can’t copy. He builds alpha teams.
“When I watch Manchester City games I feel I am ignorant. You have a picture where 10 players are in front of their own box and City move the ball, trying to find the space to put the ball in. I see what is done well and try to copy it and understand it. You can’t copy Guardiola’s teams though.
“Every praise I receive from Guardiola is not deserved and is a mistake. He deserves the praise I’m giving him because I can explain why he deserves to be praised.”
It’s quite interesting to hear Bielsa talk about Guardiola. Next season, the two managers could lock horns as opponents and that will be a nice moment for the pair.
The Leeds boss probably loves to hear the plaudits but given Guardiola’s success all over Europe, he is now keen to play it down a little bit. After all, it is the Spaniard who has put the tireless work into making these sides world class.
Leeds supporters will love to hear football greats talk about their boss. It serves to highlight just how much of a big deal it is for the Whites to have Bielsa in charge of the club.
Bielsa still has a job to do for the Leeds supporters though. Promotion was the aim at the start of the campaign and that hasn’t changed. The next couple of weeks could see Bielsa earn some plaudits of his own.