Mirror journalist David Anderson has said that Marcelo Bielsa was left “genuinely shocked” by the increase in media duties now Leeds United are in the Premier League.

Bielsa doesn’t like doing one-on-one interviews – he is notorious for not doing them outside of his official duties.

And it seems that the Premier League is going to put more demands on the Leeds manager, with the opening game against Liverpool the most high-profile of the opening weekend.

Anderson claimed that the extra media duties were one of the reasons for the hold-up in Bielsa signing his new contract.

Spotlight on Bielsa

Bielsa did finally sign his new contract – just one day before the game against Liverpool.

And we hope that he doesn’t find the media duties too onerous.

BBC journalist Adam Pope had been the first journalist to warn about this, way back in July.

Talking to OTBSports Pope said, “What he [Bielsa] doesn’t like are questions that come looking for a divisive response. He doesn’t like these contentious, abrasive angles.

“That is probably going to come a lot more in the Premier League and given that it is Leeds United, however. So, we have to enjoy every minute he is here.”

Bielsa wasn’t exactly allowed to fly under the radar in the Championship. The Spygate scandal gave him an idea of what the British media can be like when they get a story that people want to hear about.

That went on and on. And on. And it overshadowed the football, which is what Bielsa wants to focus on.

Let’s hope he’s talking about the football and the amazing result that Leeds have got later on this evening.

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