Marcelo Bielsa has been hailed as the best coach in the world by Pep Guardiola, but not all of his tactical genius comes from his own mind.
That doesn’t mean that he isn’t incredibly clever but Adam Forshaw has revealed something about Bielsa’s willingness to always keep learning.
Adam Forshaw was talking on BBC’s West Yorkshire Sport: Extra, and he spoke about the classroom training sessions that Marcelo Bielsa runs.
“We’ll do anything from individual sessions on clips in a game or collective meetings on things away from football like articles that we’ve all seen,” Forshaw said.
That last point seemingly caught the presenter’s attention as he asked: “What do you mean articles, give us an example.” Forshaw responded with:
“If for whatever reason the manager may have seen something in the press that he maybe liked, maybe an analysis on a certain player or something, we could have a meeting on it and pick things from a certain article that had just come out that week. If it’s any one per cent that can help us, or maybe it’s just a different way to look at it sometimes when you can’t train out on the field.”
Being a genius isn’t about knowing everything, it’s about being able to admit that you still have gaps in your knowledge.
The Argentine isn’t too proud to admit that he’s not an all-knowing football expert, and the fact that he’s willing to embrace journalist’s opinions is a breath of fresh air.
Of course, no journalist is more qualified than the 64-year-old to coach a team, but every now and then there are some brilliant tactical suggestions written by football outlets, and it’s great to see that Bielsa isn’t blind to that fact.
With Leeds sitting top of the Championship, it’s clearly working a treat.
In other news, Leeds fans have been trying to name their Player of the Decade.