Marcelo Bielsa is always highlighted in the South American media. When not covering the club he’s managing, local outlets continually feature good or bad quotes about the Leeds United manager.
The latest comments doing the rounds in the local press come from Cesar Farias, who used to manage the Venezuelan national team, and is currently in charge of Bolivia.
Farias was interviewed by Chilean TV show Conversando En Casa, and had a little to say about Marcelo Bielsa. Despite praising the Leeds United boss for promotion to the Premier League and other achievements in his career, he shared some criticism about the hype around him, suggesting that Argentine managers have greater opportunities in their careers.
“Be careful, I’m not talking bad about him at all. What happens is that maybe Marcelo has better marketing for being Argentine,” said Cesar Farias (via El Intransigente).
“For me, what he has achieved is wonderful, I hope we can achieve the kind of things that he achieved.
“On the other hand, Bielsa did not manage Real Madrid. In other words, if you have to choose between an Argentine coach and a Venezuelan, obviously they are going to have an advantage, right?”
Marcelo Bielsa is indeed part of a great current group of Argentine managers, which includes the likes of Mauricio Pochettino, Diego Simeone and Jorge Sampaoli. Their success working abroad isn’t something that managers from other South American countries could repeat, and that’s why some of them feel like Farias.