'Amazing' - Benjamin Mendy compares senior Leeds man to PL title winner
Manchester City defender Benjamin Mendy has compared Leeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa to Pep Guardiola.
The French full-back played under the Argentine during his spell with Marseille, before leaving for AS Monaco and eventually moving to England to work with Guardiola at the Etihad, winning a Premier League in the process.
And the 25-year-old has been quick to point out the parallels between the two renowned bosses.
Speaking to Sky Sports, he said: “I think they are similar. They [play] approximately the same football, they like to have the ball and when we lose the ball, to do high pressing. They are very similar, but every manager has some touches that are different.
“I think Pep has gone to Barcelona, Bayern Munich and [managed] some big teams and won big titles. Bielsa has done some teams further down, but he still has good football and does some good things.
“Playing with Bielsa… [was] amazing, he helped me a lot. The relationship we had together, still today, we keep talking.
“I’m not scared to say it [that he fell asleep in one of Bielsa’s meetings]. I was young, going to the meetings, but he told me one day, ‘you will come and you are going to watch’. This is what I did, I watched and I was in love. The tactics and everything, I was asking so many questions, more and more all the time.”
It’s unsurprising to hear Mendy compare Bielsa and Guardiola when the latter has made his admiration of the Leeds manager very clear in the past.
The ex-Barcelona man has previously argued that the Argentine is the “best coach in the world”, and has made no secret of his “huge” respect for the 64-year-old in the past.
Both men are famously meticulous to the point of obsession, and both have proven that they are capable of bringing big success to their respective clubs.
Let’s just hope they get to pit their wits against each other next season.
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