Forward of Leeds United’s assembly with Liverpool, dwell on Sky Sports activities Premier League on Sunday, we put your inquiries to supervisor Marcelo Bielsa in #AskBielsa.
Leeds welcome Jurgen Klopp’s facet to Elland Highway hoping to safe their first Premier League victory of the season following attracts with Burnley and Everton earlier than the worldwide break.
Right here, Bielsa solutions Sky Sports activities readers’ questions on probably the most proficient gamers he has labored with, his admiration for former Barcelona and Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal, and extra.
Q: Who’s probably the most proficient participant you might have ever coached? (@levanikorobakidze)
BIELSA: “I coached Ariel Ortega, a crack who was distinctive. Pablo Aimar, one other model of an unforgettable participant. Juan Sebastian Veron, once more, one other unforgettable participant.
“I additionally coached some extraordinary defenders, like Roberto Ayala.
“The Argentina workforce that I coached had excellent gamers.”
Q: What’s it about Leeds United, town of Leeds, and Yorkshire that has made you keep right here longer than at some other membership? (@nashernal)
BIELSA: “Basically, I’m linked with Leeds United and I favor to not speak an excessive amount of about issues to do with my private life.
“When it comes to Leeds United, from my viewpoint, I consider the president, Victor Orta and the administrators have constructed a really admirable membership by way of its construction.”
Q: Would you wish to have managed the Leeds workforce of the early 2000s which included Lee Bowyer, David Batty, Rio Ferdinand, Marc Viduka and others? And are they any gamers from that workforce you’ll have notably preferred to teach? (@ellandduck)
BIELSA: “Look, what excites me lots is working with this group and making it potential that Leeds gamers grew to become gamers who’ve the standard to compete with one of the best gamers.
“When Sunday’s recreation towards Liverpool arrives, with Mohamed Salah, Diogo Jota and Sadio Mane, I dream that Raphinha, Patrick Bamford and Jack Harrison are going to be higher than these three.
“That’s all the time my large dream.
“I all the time assume that Rodrigo, Kalvin Phillips, Matheusz Klich and Stuart Dallas are going to raised than N’Golo Kante, Mason Mount and Mateo Kovacic, for instance.
“I favor to make comparisons with our opponents, not with groups from so a few years in the past.”
Q: Which participant do you might have really feel you might have developed finest whereas being on the membership and why? (@lufcJoe_)
BIELSA: “Usually I do not wish to make particular person references that create hierarchies between the gamers within the workforce.”
Q: How did you’re feeling if you heard Patrick Bamford had made the England squad? (@mads_rivaaa)
BIELSA: “It gave me a whole lot of happiness as a result of he’s a person who has made a whole lot of effort and deserves that type of recognition.”
Q: In your opinion, why is there such a giant hole between European leagues and South American leagues? (@ceratiempo)
BIELSA: “The hole is so large. It is not possible for South American soccer to be on the similar stage as Europe.
“For those who look, South American leagues are offering fewer and fewer gamers for Europe as a result of gamers are leaving their nations of origin earlier than they’ve shone for the golf equipment they belong to.
“The one factor that does is hurt everybody. For those who purchase a participant of 15 years previous, the formative course of that participant has to undergo within the place the place they had been born, within the membership they belong to, within the league they know, is disrupted.
“For those who put him in a totally completely different and unknown place, as a substitute of serving to his improvement, you interrupt it.
“It’s one thing which is not investigated a lot, however the South American golf equipment typically aren’t the house owners of those gamers. The gamers play for the golf equipment however they are not the precise house owners of them.
“Gamers of 15 years previous have completely different house owners to the golf equipment they belong to. It is a unhappy actuality and it’s tough to elucidate.”
Q: Who’s the supervisor you admired probably the most as a younger coach? (@casparswfc)
BIELSA: “Louis van Gaal, as a result of I watched a whole lot of the groups he constructed, particularly his unforgettable Ajax facet, and I preferred the soccer they performed lots.”
Q: Who’s the one participant in historical past you would like you may have coached? (@masterpotter66)
BIELSA: “Greater than coach, I’ve seen and I’ve been a up to date of Lionel Messi, of Diego Maradona, of the nice gamers who performed in Argentina’s 1978 World Cup workforce. I grew up admiring these three generations of nice Argentinian gamers.”
Q: I learn you’re a large film fan. What’s one film you suggest everybody sees? (@richfirth1)
BIELSA: “None specifically!”
Watch Leeds United vs Liverpool dwell on Sky Sports activities Premier League from 4pm on Sunday; kick-off 4.30pm