Barcelona star Arturo Vidal has supported criticism of Leeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa for never winning anything outside of Argentina.
Jose Sulantay, who was the Under-20s coach for Chile while Bielsa was in charge of the senior squad, has hit out at the Leeds boss over the amount of praise he gets even though he isn’t a serial trophy winner.
Speaking to Gritalo America, as quoted by Marca, Sulantay said: “Bielsa’s feet have been kissed in Chile, but he has never won anything abroad.
“He hasn’t done enough to say that he changed the [country’s] whole history.”
It is true, Bielsa hasn’t won any major honours outside of Argentina despite taking charge of top clubs in Europe like Athletic Bilbao, Marseille, Lazio and, of course, Leeds.
Vidal, who played for Bielsa in the Chile national team, has now for some reason saw fit to come out and back up Sulantay’s claims about the Argentine.
As quoted by Marca, the Barcelona midfielder said Sulantay is “someone who says things straight” after seeing his remarks on Bielsa.
It is tough to argue with Vidal because he is a proven title winner at clubs like Juventus, Bayern Munich and Barca but winning titles shouldn’t be all that defines a manager.
Mauricio Pochettino is likely to be one of the most in-demand managers in the world right now despite never winning anything as a manager.
All that matters about Bielsa right now is what Leeds fans think of him. Forget those who have previously worked with him and might hold a grudge.
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