After winning his second consecutive Premier League, Pep Guardiola got probably the most welcome praise from Marcelo Bielsa.
It’s no secret that Pep Guardiola has a profound admiration towards Marcelo Bielsa, the Argentine manager who is considered a football philosopher.
The Leeds United coach is currently fighting to promote his squad to the Premier League, he could actually face Guardiola next season if he accomplishes the feat.
Just this Monday after Pep won his second consecutive Premier League title at Manchester City, Bielsa was questioned about the Catalan manager.
To the surprise of many, Bielsa went out of his way to basically say that Guardiola is one of the best managers in history.
The Argentine praised Pep’s unique approach to coaching football clubs and he placed himself below the praise he constantly gets from Guardiola.
Bielsa is arguably one of the biggest influences that Pep has ever gotten as a professional coach.
The Catalan manager famously spoke directly with Bielsa before becoming a manager for the FC Barcelona second squad.
Marcelo was questioned about the details that make Guardiola such a respectable figure in football, he didn’t hesitate to speak his mind about the Citizens’ boss.
El elogio de Marcelo Bielsa a Pep Guardiola: "Sus equipos son inimitables y su intervención artesanal. Tiene la capacidad de generar un estilo que solo se percibe en sus equipos y que excede a los jugadores". pic.twitter.com/oqyvXWQHUB
— Fonsi Loaiza (@FonsiLoaiza) May 13, 2019
“I have great respect and admiration for Guardiola. And the argument that I give to explain my respect and admiration is that the beauty of the play his team did, you can’t copy that,” said Bielsa via Leeds Live.
“Guardiola builds auteur teams. We always said what would Guardiola do without the players he had in Barcelona. And you can say that players from Barca are unique.”
“The players of Guardiola’s Bayern were very good, those of City, too. But the capacity to create a style that you on;y see in his teams are much more important than the players he has.”
“And I’m not saying the players are not important but I’m underlining the capacity to be creative of Guardiola.”
“The things that you can’t analyze are a mystery. Because when I watch Man City games I feel I am ignorant and I’m going to tell you why.”
“Because there is something, a picture, you have ten players in front of their own box and City move the ball trying to find the space to put the ball in.”
“So I see what is well done and try to copy it. But you can’t copy Guardiola’s teams. When I see it I’m wondering what’s the methods, what do we have to repeat to do that?”
“What are the pre-established needs to solve these compact defense? And you never find out but they always find a solution to the compact defense.”
“So you could mention all the players if you want but Guardiola deserves to be praised for the team he built that we could enjoy watching.”
“And I’d like to clarify as I said for Pochettino when I see Guardiola’s teams play I don’t see anything similar to the teams I built.”
“That’s why I think every praise I get from Guardiola is not deserved and a mistake. He deserves this praise I making because I can explain why he deserves to be praised.”
“Take reference for his teams. But you can’t say the same from my teams,” he concluded.
Liverpool, Totenham, Arsenal y Chelsea, los 4 finalistas europeos, pierden la Liga ante el MANCHESTER CITY DE JOSEP GUARDIOLA.
Felicidades, Pep, has ganado la PREMIER de más nivel. pic.twitter.com/DGkNh1luXb
— Quim Domènech Puigbó (@quimdomenech) May 12, 2019
What does Bielsa need in order to play against Guardiola?
There are only a couple more “finals” that Leeds United has to play in order to reach the Premier League next season.
The Peacocks still have to play a second playoff match against Frank Lampard’s Derby County before facing against the other contender at Wembley Stadium.
Bielsa’s team already won the first playoff game against the Rams last weekend and will play them again on Wednesday.
On the other side of the qualifiers, we got either Aston Villa or West Bromwich Albion with the ‘Villains’ having a 2-1 advantage after the first match.
Bielsa might face the same squad that took his opportunity to qualify directly to the Premier League due to a Fair Play incident.
Getting the promotion against this squad would be nothing short of poetic. The ultimate matchup for Marcelo Bielsa would be to face Pep Guardiola in the Premier League.
💬 | "We know it's going to be very hard” Marcelo previews the second leg of our @SkyBetChamp Semi-Final clash against Frank Lampard's Derby County
— Leeds United (@LUFC) May 13, 2019
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