Marcelo Bielsa is known as El Loco for a reason.
The Argentine is one of the most enigmatic characters in football history, and there’s a certain amount of mystique around the 64-year-old.
It seems as if these quirks haven’t stopped since he’s taken over at Leeds as Patrick Bamford spoke about some of the things he’s done since taking over.
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The ten-goal striker was seemingly in awe of his boss’ eye for detail and the methods he uses to instil a certain mindset into his players.
“No one is really as thorough in detail I think, a normal person would look at the amount of detail he goes into and think that’s obscene, but it kind of makes sense as to why he’s so good,” Bamford said in a video package aired by the BBC ahead of Leeds’ game against Arsenal (6/1/20 7:30PM)
“The fact that he got all the boys litter picking. Not many managers would make you do that, but it was kind of to teach the lads and the team about the privilege that we have.”
The fact that Bielsa got his team to go litter picking is brilliant, and it just goes to show how respected he was by the Leeds squad when he came in.
The veteran’s reputation somewhat precedes him, having managed Chile and Argentina, and it was something of a perfect storm when he came in at Elland Road. He inherited a group without many prima donnas that would kick up a fuss at his methods.
One thing is for sure, it’d be tough for many other managers to use these types of tactics. Could you imagine if Ole Gunnar Solskjaer asked Paul Pogba to go litter picking? It just wouldn’t work.
His thorough detail is well documented throughout his career, but to see whether or not it works you only have to look at Leeds’ current league position. They sit in first place and are in an excellent place to go up.