Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has revealed his admiration for Leeds United’s veteran Argentinian coach Marcelo Bielsa.
Former Athletico Bilbao manager Bielsa has taken Leeds United to the top of the Championship, where they currently sit four points clear of Sheffield United and Norwich City.
The 63-year-old coach, who was at the centre of the Spygate scandal last week, has long been cited as one of Guardiola’s main mentors.
The former Barcelona boss spoke glowingly about Bielsa and hopes to meet him in the Premier League next season.
“I love him as a human being, he trained me when I was young in a incredible way, I feel his success like my success. I’m not involved in any way but I like the people I like doing well.’’ Guardiola told the press ahead of his sides clash with Wolves tonight.
“I think he’s the best because always I try to listen to what the players say about their manager because it’s the real truth. The other depends on the results, and for the guys in charge of the big clubs it’s easier than the other ones.
“We win because we are in the big clubs with the big players. But everyone who works with him is a better player and the teams are better. That’s why he is a special manager and special person. I’m a supporter of Leeds and hopefully next season they can be in the Premier League, it would be good for the Premier League.
“I admire him for being the Argentina manger and being at big clubs and having the humility to go in the Championship going to a historic team like Leeds [to try to] put them on top and back to the Premier League. I wish him all the best.”