By Pranav Shahaney

13th Jul, 2021 | 8:10pm

Gaetano Berardi details difficulties working under Marcelo Bielsa

Former Leeds United defender Gaetano Berardi has revealed Marcelo Bielsa’s influence on his future along with the difficulties of training under him.

The 32-year-old recently parted ways with the club after spending seven years at Elland Road.

Have joined in 2014, Berardi played 157 times for the Whites under a number of managers, but working under Bielsa was undoubtedly a different experience for the Swiss defender.

Speaking to Tutto Mercato Web, he said, “He has everything to be a great coach, the character he is and what he created over the years.

“He has shown it in the three years at Leeds, it is very difficult to work for him. On a physical level you have to be perfect. You must be the perfect athlete, before being a footballer.”

When discussing his future, there was a notable influence that Bielsa had on his decision-making process.

He said, “I’d like to stay in football, there are many paths. Maybe as a coach, as a manager. Until a few years ago I didn’t think about it at all.”

Results business

We’ve been getting the right results under Bielsa since he took over and that’s down to the hard work the players have put in behind the scenes.

Berardi was used to managers that had a hands-off and relaxed approach to proceedings.

The Argentine, as we all know, puts his players through hell in training which is now famously known as Murderball.

That’s why there are only a select brand of players that succeed under Bielsa as he demands absolutely everything from them and not everyone is willing to run through glass walls for their manager.

Patrick Bamford is one such player who’s never downed tools at Thorp Arch, and despite a horrendous season in the Championship was Bielsa’s trusted option in front of goal.

Hard work pays off for every side coached by the Argentine and we’re sure that Berardi will apply a lot he’s learned from him at his next club.

Given the kind of personality he is, we back him to succeed whatever he does and it will certainly be interesting to see him managing a team one day.

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