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The reactions to Bielsa

It's quite sad to hear pundits knock Bielsa.

To hear that the system won't succeed.
To hear that the payers will burn out.
To hear that we have hit a ceiling.
To hear that we should be doing better.
To hear that he's not that great tactically.
Etc etc etc

Before he came to Leeds I was dubious as to the impact he would have, heard the stories about leaving in a huff if he didn't get his way, burn out etc.

Having seen him up close, it is clear what an incredible influence he has been for players, club, fans, city and football in general.

All the myths blown out the water, burn out, leaving at drop of hat, wins nothing etc etc

I feel that he is so special, that there is a distinct air of jealousy from some quarters.

It won't affect him. It won't affect the players. It won't affect the fans.

I just think it's really sad to see, what maybe is a British attitude of wanting to knock someone who is successful, to try and find some flaw.

I genuinely would to swap Bielsa for any other manager in the world.

posted 4 weeks, 1 day ago

comment by Wetherby White (U6810)
posted 25 minutes ago
comment by dunc manson... you must follow ole... you must follow ole (U11713)
posted 39 minutes ago
that last comment is maybe a bit OTT.

as i mentioned on another comment, you have lost as many games as you have won this season in the PL.

while i think as a team you are good to watch, i do think that at times Bielsa needs to be less rigid in his approach to games.

take the defeat to us at Old Trafford... 2 nil down within 3 minutes and still there was no change to the way you played and you ended up conceding 6.

as long as that keeps happening then the pundits are probably correct, you will have hit your ceiling
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This is the problem with getting used to watching negative, poor football for so long, just no understanding of the game. We might have conceded 6 that day, but we beat man city with the same tactics.

Over the season, it's worked. I mean we have basically a team who finished 13th in the 2nd tier a few seasons ago, on the same points as Arsenal.
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hahahaha,wow... you might wanna look at yourself when reading that first comment... what a plank.

against us you had more possession and 17 shots

against city you had 28% possession and 2 shots

you made nearly double the passes int he game against us than against city

those performances were chalk and cheese.

you may want to watch a different sport

comment by Jonty (U4614)

posted 4 weeks, 1 day ago

The perception of some opposition fans is formed I think from not understanding the mess we've been through regarding owners, managers and any semblance of a decent player being sold.

From not understanding that and being able to then see first hand the integrity and change that Bielsa has brought.

Yes we've had losses and some big ones, but then this season behind closed doors has thrown up all sorts of results and we're miles away from what we had pre Biesla under Heck, although of course the spine of that side is what we see today.

Jose and Pep are great managers, winning things at highest level. Klopp too and what a character.

But Bielsa has done this with existing players, has done this without ever knocking a referee, without ever blaming a player, with a style of football that is really what people pay to see.

posted 4 weeks, 1 day ago

What Bielsa has done goes beyond football. He has united a city. How many cities has X amount murals painted across postcodes. Not just Bielsa but the players as well.
He has got the players playing possibly the best football they ever will with a temperament that is not seen around that much.
Even some of the families of the players have become household names to fans of the club because what he has achieved has been embraced by everyone around him.

posted 4 weeks, 1 day ago

The thing is with the losing as many as winning is, a Championship club can beat a Premiership club in the odd Cup game!..

We're well behind the top Premier league teams as far as quality goes and have just started the catch up game!..

"what i do find a bit strange ( other than his bucket) is the fact that after nearly 3 years at the club he still is unable to conduct an interview in English"

dunc, I've lived here since 82, since 87 out of the Army, I know how embarrassing it is getting something wrong when leaning a new language, so it wouldn't be fun doing that in front of x-however many waiting for your thoughts!..

Feck, I still embarrass myself these days with the odd word and my accent, I hate it when people ask which part of Holland I come from!..

posted 4 weeks, 1 day ago

But Bielsa has done this with existing players, has done this without ever knocking a referee, without ever blaming a player, with a style of football that is really what people pay to see.

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This, this and this again. Spot on.

posted 4 weeks, 1 day ago

Can someone stick an "R" in that leaning for me!..

Please!.

posted 4 weeks, 1 day ago

The English media love to try and put down any foreign manager bringing in a style of play. Same happened with Sarri

posted 4 weeks, 1 day ago

Sometimes managers just fit certain clubs and situations. I wouldnt swap Bielsa for any other manager both current or past in the history of the game. Simply because i couldnt see anyone else achieving more than what he has in his short time here by playing amazing football and just being an absolute great bloke also

posted 4 weeks, 1 day ago

comment by dunc manson... you must follow ole... you must follow ole (U11713)
posted 7 hours, 44 minutes ago
comment by Wetherby White (U6810)
posted 25 minutes ago
comment by dunc manson... you must follow ole... you must follow ole (U11713)
posted 39 minutes ago
that last comment is maybe a bit OTT.

as i mentioned on another comment, you have lost as many games as you have won this season in the PL.

while i think as a team you are good to watch, i do think that at times Bielsa needs to be less rigid in his approach to games.

take the defeat to us at Old Trafford... 2 nil down within 3 minutes and still there was no change to the way you played and you ended up conceding 6.

as long as that keeps happening then the pundits are probably correct, you will have hit your ceiling
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This is the problem with getting used to watching negative, poor football for so long, just no understanding of the game. We might have conceded 6 that day, but we beat man city with the same tactics.

Over the season, it's worked. I mean we have basically a team who finished 13th in the 2nd tier a few seasons ago, on the same points as Arsenal.
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hahahaha,wow... you might wanna look at yourself when reading that first comment... what a plank.

against us you had more possession and 17 shots

against city you had 28% possession and 2 shots

you made nearly double the passes int he game against us than against city

those performances were chalk and cheese.

you may want to watch a different sport

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But what is oles style? You’ve played terrible footy under him for the majority of his time at the club. You’ve got a billion pound team and yet most of the time look average, it’s just you have those world class players to get you over line and mask how very average he is. End of the day, your an arm chair fan and probably have little knowledge of the game.

comment by Jaz63 (U8369)

posted 4 weeks ago

It may be that Bielsa has now accepted the need, sometimes, and maybe only rarely, to prioritise defence - to defend a slim lead with only 15 minutes left to play, or when we get a red card. That second half against City was truly extraordinary!

He seems to be a rare thing - a man with real integrity. It is said that all men have their price but I'm not sure that's true of Marcelo Bielsa. The proof of the pudding is in the eating - he's taken a mid-table Championship squad and transformed them into a mid-table PL squad in three years without breaking the bank.

Of course many in the sporting media will be just waiting for him and us to crash and burn. Maybe they don't really understand what integrity is.

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