Tony Cascarino has suggested Leeds United boss Marcelo Bielsa is in a world of his own and is the only manager who would make a huge call on goalkeepers.
Speaking on talkSPORT’s Saturday Sports Breakfast [08:00, 27/03/21] Cascarino and host Natalie Sawyers debated whether national team squads should take three goalkeepers to tournaments and the former Republic of Ireland striker was vocal in his argument.
“A third goalkeeper is so unnecessary, I just don’t get it. I would definitely go with an extra forward,” he said.
“It’s very high risk.
“They [managers] won’t do it because everyone is afraid of the consequences, no one will do it because they’ll go ‘If that happens I’ll be ridiculed’.”
When asked if Pep Guardiola would make such a move, he said: “Probably not. Bielsa might, Bielsa might even go down that road.”
The actual argument here was pretty redundant as rules stipulate that national sides must take three goalkeepers to tournaments, but it’s another public show of how pundits view ‘El Loco’.
He didn’t get that nickname for nothing – Bielsa is never shy of trying his hand at something new or adopting a crazy tactic that will leave onlookers flabbergasted.
That’s why pundits like Cascarino can’t even compare Guardiola to him.
Bielsa is in his own league and that’s why we love him so dearly.
He thinks outside the box and has the perfect blend of a calm demeanour mixed with outbursts of passion on the touchline.
We wouldn’t swap him for the world and his maverick way of thinking is the reason we are riding high in the Premier League on our return from a 16-year hiatus spent in the doldrums of the Championship and League One.
Bielsa has actually managed at World Cup’s with Argentina and Chile so we can confirm that he does not have the superpowers of reshuffling the rules to get an extra attacker in for a goalkeeper.
If he could, we’re sure he probably would.
He can do pretty much anything else, though.
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