As we always point out here, Leeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa is frequently highlighted in South America, as he has lovers and haters there.
Bielsa is one of the few Argentine coaches who managed Chile in the past couple of decades, along with his pupil Jorge Sampaoli. And since they have similar work philosophies, there’s often a comparison between the two.
So as Barcelona star Arturo Vidal spoke on on Youtube (via La Tercera), the midfielder was asked to speak about the two managers.
Vidal didn’t hesitate to choose ‘Sampaoli, clearly’. And then had a longer explanation why he isn’t such a big fan of the Leeds United boss.
“He’s a different coach from the others. He clearly knows a lot about football, about jobs, but he has other things I don’t like. Other coaches I’ve had come to you, give you trust, give you happiness, and other things that Bielsa doesn’t give you. But it’s my way of thinking, capable of reaching other players and it’s different.”
Marcelo Bielsa took charge of Chile in August 2007. He was responsible for taking the national team to the 2010 World Cup, and was eliminated by Brazil in the round-of-16.
Jorge Sampaoli did exactly the same thing at the 2014 World Cup, but managed to win the Copa America in 2015.