Leeds United captain Liam Cooper has hailed the influence of his manager Marcelo Bielsa at Elland Road and described his approach as “stand-offish”.
The Whites boss is enjoying a stunning first year in English football with his team second in the Championship table and firmly in the hunt for automatic promotion.
Bielsa is high-profile manager renowned for his tactical approach and he can often been seen prowling the touchline, or sat on his famous stool examine the game.
He’s managed to turn the Leeds squad into a real force without colossal investment and has them playing a high intensity attacking brand of football.
Defender Cooper has explained that Bielsa can at times come down hard on the squad, but recognises how he is getting the best out of individuals without completely opening up.
“He’s the best manager I’ve played for, 100%. He’s probably one of the best tacticians in the world,” Cooper told the Telegraph.
“His relationship with the players, you could call it, stand offish. He doesn’t want to get too close, he’s an honest coach and is going to say things that are going to disappoint and maybe upset players, but he wants to get the best out of us. That’s his way, I think it’s a great way.”
Bielsa really is an intriguing character and it’s easy to see why everybody associated with Leeds have taken him to their hearts.
The Argentinian boss is doing an excellent job and Cooper is one of his warriors on the pitch leading the way.
He’s been a breath of fresh air at Elland Road with his unique style, but what can’t be questioned is he’s now got the team playing eye-catching football and they are also well regimented.
Leeds have their biggest game to date on Saturday at home to third-placed Sheffield United in the Championship and can take another big step towards promotion if they win.
Bielsa’s hard approach with players has taken them so far this year and there is no reason to change.