Leeds United midfielder Mateusz Klich has described Marcelo Bielsa as ‘one of a kind’, as the Argentine looks to steer the West Yorkshire club back to the big time.
Despite being the 11th most successful club in English football history, with three league titles, Leeds United have now been outside of the top flight for almost 15 years, having been relegated from the Premier League in 2004.
However, with their finances back on track, and Bielsa at the helm, the Whites are looking to make it back to English football’s top table once more, and have enjoyed a superb start to the Championship season.
Key to that has been the Argentine coach’s energetic brand of football, which has steered them comfortably inside the playoffs, and just three points off current leaders, Norwich City. Speaking about the clubs current manager, Leeds midfielder Mateusz Klich reckons he has never seen a coach as obsessed by football as Bielsa.
“He is one of a kind and I have not seen a coach who would live football like him,” Klich told Interia Sport.
“The ball completely absorbs him; he even analyses my games in the (national) squad.
“If he sees that someone wanted to pass well and he lost the ball, he never complains about the risk.
“He even encourages us because he thinks that without risk it is impossible to play football at the highest level.
“The best teams in the world are constantly taking risks, but they make few mistakes.
“In Germany I had such trainers that I knew that if I made mistake, in the next match I will end up in the stands; that’s why I was playing in a protective way.”