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Steve Bruce explains why Marcelo Bielsa has had a bigger impact at Leeds, than Jurgen Klopp at Liverpool

Steve Bruce thinks Marcelo Bielsa has had a bigger impact at Leeds than Jurgen Klopp at Liverpool – as Newcastle prepare to host Leeds on Friday.

Taking over at Leeds back in 2018, Bielsa has taken a mid-table Championship side to a ninth-placed finish in the Premier League.

Somehow, the Argentine gaffer has done that in the space of just three years. Even with the majority of the same players he started with.

Luke Ayling, Liam Cooper, Stuart Dallas, Kalvin Phillips, Patrick Bamford, Jack Harrison, Mateusz Klich and more have been there from the start.

Bruce has lauded Bielsa, saying his impact has been even better than that of Klopp at Liverpool, Thomas Tuchel at Chelsea and Pep Guardiola.

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“I saw a group of players who had been in and around that league for a long time. I haven’t seen an impact [from a manager] like that,” Bruce said.

“I’ve seen big managers walk in, like Tuchel, Klopp and Pep at Man City, but I’ve never seen anything at that level, a difference quite like it.”

Bruce on Bielsa: Mind games, or genuine compliment of Leeds boss?

Bruce watched his Newcastle side suffer two defeats to Leeds last season. 5-2 at Elland Road, and 2-1 on Tyneside. The Toon are under pressure.

Indeed, Bruce is coming under enormous scrutiny again. Fans are unhappy, and Friday night poses a good chance to get some points on the board.

Leeds are also without a win and missing three of their four first-team centre-backs. So, is Bruce trying to get one up on Bielsa in the press?

Or is he simply praising the Argentine? Well, one thing is for certain – Bielsa will hardly take notice. Such is his detail to preparation.

Leeds will fancy themselves and last season’s results will give them confidence. An early Leeds goal, and Toon fans will get on their side’s back.

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