Leeds United’s Marcelo Bielsa has lauded Carlo Ancelotti and insisted that only a few managers possess all of the qualities that the Everton boss has, in comments reported by Leeds Live.
The Whites travel to Goodison Park to take on the Toffees this weekend. It is a game that pits two of the most well-respected managers in the Premier League against each other.
Both sides have shown glimpses of their potential this term. Everton were amongst the early pace-setters. Meanwhile, Leeds have won a lot of admirers with their style of play.
And ahead of the game, Bielsa insisted that he is a big fan of Ancelotti and has a lot of respect for what the Italian has achieved during his career.
“I have respect and admiration for Ancelotti. First of all, because he has been wanted by all the best teams in the world. He has been chosen by some of the most powerful institutions, which shows how good he is,” he said, as reported by Leeds Live.
“Secondly, he has triumphed everywhere he has been. The third thing is he is well respected by the players as well as his other colleagues. The last thing is he has never been criticised. His tactics are always unselfish and it is always valuable to have all of this in one manager is not very frequent.”
Like Leeds, Everton appear to have an opportunity to achieve something special under their current manager.
They won their first seven games in all competitions this season. And they got back to winning ways last weekend as the Toffees beat Fulham 3-2 at Craven Cottage.
Leeds also had a more positive result on Sunday after a tough spell. They drew with Arsenal. But of course, they would have been disappointed not to win after creating so many chances.
So it will be fascinating to see how the game that plays out when Ancelotti’s and Bielsa’s sides meet.