ESPN Argentina this week featured an interview with Godoy Cruz manager Diego Flores, who’s having a great start in his coaching career.
The 40-year-old is one of the pupils of Marcelo Bielsa, having worked as his assistant at Marseille, Lille and Leeds United, who he left in the summer of 2020.
So Flores’ chat with ESPN obviously had a few questions about his former boss. The young manager made it clear he didn’t want to talk about their personal relationship too much.
“I keep my contacts with Bielsa for my privacy, I feel very loved by that coaching staff and I have very big love and gratitude,” Flores told ESPN (via Infobae).
But there was one specific question about Bielsa that Flores did agree to answer, and it was why the manager has never taken charge of a big European side. He claims it was simply because of his choice, rather than being overlooked.
“If he did not manage the greats, the powers, it’s because he did not choose to do so. I don’t know why, but I think it was because of that, nothing more.”
Speaking of his time at Marseille, Lille and Leeds, Flores said he was able to learn a lot from the Argentine legend.
“Every day there were 20 apprenticeships, I was in the right place to train. My first contact was at 33 years old.”
Diego Flores signed for Godoy Cruz on a contract until the end of 2022. In his first three games in charge of the club, he has two wins and one draw, with his side scoring four goals in each of those victories.