Bielsa’s desires are… unconventional
Leeds United rolled the dice this summer with the appointment of Marcelo Bielsa. The Argentine coach is nicknamed ‘El Loco’ for a reason – his methods are so demanding and unorthodox that they can sometimes drive players to breaking point. But on occasion, it can work a charm.
On the eve of Leeds’ first league game of the season – which they won 3-1 – it was reported that Bielsa had made his players pick up litter from around the club’s training ground for three hours to hammer home just how hard the fans work to be able to buy match tickets.
It seemed to work, as Leeds breezed past favourites to win the Championship Stoke City, playing slick football in the process.
Speaking on Spanish radio, Leeds midfielder Pablo Hernandez spoke recently about Bielsa’s decision to make the players pick up litter, hailing it as an effective way of reminding the players of their privilege.
“Marcelo puts a lot of emphasis on these aspects… the fans coming to watch us at the stadium, the price of tickets, of season tickets – it forces us to value the privileged position that we’re in. The fans make great sacrifices and we must do the same,” Hernandez said.
“I’ve played for different mamagers, but don’t remember being a part of anything like this, trying to put us in the skin of the club’s supporters,” he added.
Hernandez continued, hailing the Leeds fans for their incredible support