Leeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa used a big proportion of his epic press conference on Friday to talk about the rivalry between Leeds and Man United. 

And, if the Leeds fans didn’t already love him enough, he proved that he truly gets what it means to the fans.

One of the things he said was, “Football is identification. You can identify yourself when you face this type of opponent.

“The bond of communication grows stronger in these games. The fans will say ‘I’m from this side and the side I’m from is represented by this badge and this history’.

“It is very important to have a big opponent.”

That majestic quote was posted by the official Leeds United Twitter account on Friday afternoon and it got the attention of a lot of fans.

The one bit they missed from the quote is that Bielsa also said, “and defeat them” at the end.

And he waxed lyrical about the game and how important rivalries like this are in football.

After hearing what he said one fan said he was the “perfect match” for Leeds United and it’s hard to argue with that.

He’s managed Leeds now for more games than he’s managed any other club in his career and he does seem to have fallen for the city in a big, big way.

Long may it continue.

Sunday’s match is what we all live for and Bielsa just gets it, and he gets how football should be played.

Here are the best reactions to his comments…

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