Sky Sports pundit Jamie Redknapp has admitted he is ‘surprised’ that Marcelo Bielsa doesn’t give his Leeds United players the hairdryer treatment after games.
Redknapp was talking in an interview with Patrick Bamford in the Daily Mail and also revealed he loves the way that Leeds are playing football back in the Premier League.
He said the one thing he admired the most was the fitness levels.
Talking about Bielsa, Redknapp said, “I’m slightly surprised he isn’t one for the hairdryer after matches. Arsene Wenger didn’t do that, either — he thought emotions were too raw and it could only do damage.”
Bamford, who said that you never went to Bielsa’s office if you were dropped said, “He’s very… 100 per cent. To the point where, if his staff aren’t putting cones out to the exact centimetre, they get an earful. He wants everything to be perfect, the way it is in his head.
“One game, he said to us beforehand: ‘It is going to go like this. This is how they will score against us. But then this is how we will score against them.’
“We ended up winning 2-1, and everything that happened went as he said! If you had an hour to sit with him, you could learn so much.”
Bielsa = unique
Bielsa is a unique manager. If you’ve ever wondered how much influence a manager could have on a team, you only have to look at the current Leeds side.
He’s transformed a squad who finished 13th in the Championship to a side that looks comfortable in the Premier League.
There have been additions this summer but they amount to strengthening in key positions rather than a total overhaul of the squad.
Any doubts over whether Bielsa could get more out of the squad in the top-flight have already been put to rest, with Leeds sitting in eighth in the Premier League.
In the Redknapp interview, it was said that Bielsa isn’t a cuddly person, but he dropped his shield when Leeds were promoted to the Premier League.
He turned up at Thorp Arch after the historic title win and showed his human side, embracing players. He also lifted the Championship trophy during the celebrations on the pitch, which has become one of the iconic images from the promotion party.
We’re not surprised at him not giving out the hairdryer treatment, either. Bielsa backs his players and lets them take all the credit if Leeds win. If Leeds lose, he always takes responsibility himself.
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