By Mark Smith

23rd Mar, 2020 | 1:30pm

'Nothing to do with Marcelo Bielsa' - PSG star makes claim about current boss

Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Ander Herrera has refuted claims that his current boss Thomas Tuchel has comparisons with Leeds United head coach Marcelo Bielsa.

Herrera worked with Bielsa during his time at Atletic Bilbao but claimed that Tuchel reminds him more of Louis Van Gaal from Manchester United.

Bielsa has transformed Leeds during his two years at Elland Road and is nine games away from guiding the Whites back to the Premier League.

Herrera claimed that Bielsa is a coach that promotes attacking movements which helps break down the opposing side continuously.

“Broadly speaking, it reminds me of Van Gaal,” he told Football365.

“He likes football organized by position. It has nothing to do with Marcelo Bielsa, for example, a coach who also promotes attacking play, but who is looking for football in continuous movement, where you have to break the lines, go get the ball yourself.”

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We have all learnt that Bielsa loves to attack consistently in games, and that comes across with the vigorous pressing off the ball to regain possession as quickly as possible.

That comes across when you look into the stats from each game that Leeds play in the Championship – they dominate the majority.

Looking at the most recent 2-0 victory over Huddersfield before the enforced break, Leeds were playing some of their best football under Bielsa.

The Whites had 61.1% possession at Elland Road, as well as completing 172 more accurate passes which led to them having 10 more shots on goal according to WhoScored – total domination.

PSG also dominate their opponents, but that could be mainly down to their financial strength compared to other sides in Ligue 1. Even with that, they look to dominate the ball and win it back as quickly as possible when they can so Herrera may want to think twice before his next claim.

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