Mateusz Klich has been discussing what is most important to Marcelo Bielsa from his Leeds United players.
Klich, whose career at Elland Road was galvanised by the arrival of the Argentine manager, has been speaking to Polish YouTube channel Foot Truck this week. As reported by Meczyki, he commented on how Bielsa’s main philosophy is for the Leeds players to win back the ball as soon as possible from their opponents.
In fact, Bielsa is not overly concerned with technical errors, as long as the effort to win the ball back is present.
“For him, the most important thing is to get the ball back as soon as possible, attack the opponent as much as possible and be as close to his goal as possible. He completely doesn’t pay attention to technical errors, because it says that it happens to everyone. If the opponents take over the ball and exchange four passes, this is too much.”
This style of play Bielsa wants has made Leeds overachieve since his arrival at Elland Road. Despite limitations to some of the current Leeds players, Bielsa has got the best out of them on a consistent basis and only narrowly missed out on promotion to the Premier League last season.
It is also a style that has influenced the likes of Pep Guardiola and Mauricio Pochettino, who place a strong emphasis on winning the ball back from opponents at the soonest opportunity.
Leeds fans will just hope this philosophy can take the club to promotion this season.