Rio Ferdinand has claimed that Marcelo Bielsa has been a “breath of fresh air” for Leeds United.
The former Elland Road defender spent some time at Thorp Arch this week, and took the opportunity to watch the Argentine put the Whites through their paces.
And it safe to say that he was impressed with what he saw.
Speaking to LUTV, he said: “I’ve got to be honest, with Bielsa I’ve heard a lot about him and people talk about how great he is. A lot of people use the word scientist, he’s got a scientific approach to the game.
“He’s been around a long time but when you haven’t seen it and you go and see it, it’s a breath of fresh air. It’s so informative.
“There’s a lot of questions in your mind when you’re watching them train.
“There’s a purpose behind every session, there’s no wastage in terms of time, very methodical. It really interests me. It’s really intriguing, I’d love to get a bit of time to speak to him, even through a translator just to understand how and why he’s got to this point.”
The list of pundits, players, and managerial peers who have hailed Bielsa is absurdly long, and there’s a reason why that is the case.
The Argentine demands more from his players than just about any other boss in world football, but as we’ve seen over the opening weeks of this Premier League campaign, that exceptionally high threshold has turned Leeds into one of the most relentless, irresistible attacking forces in the country.
The big question, of course, is whether or not the Whites can sustain that level of output over the duration of a full top flight season.
With Bielsa at the helm, you would surely be a fool to bet against them.
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