Who is Bielsa, the coach known as “El Loco” – the Crazy one?

Before joining Leeds, the Argentine coached, amongst others,  Argentina, Chile, Bilbao, Lille, Marseille and Lazio (2 days only…lol) with mixed results. His trophy cabinet may be a bit light but he is still considered as one of the most influential coach in the last 20 years. Guardiola and Pochetinno often referred to him as “The best coach in the world – but why is this the case?


A) Deep-dive research

Bielsa is maniac about scouting the opposition. So much so that when in his earlier coaching days and before the internet was widely available, he would ask his players to read at least 3 newspapers about the opposition…He asks his players to devour videos of themselves and the opposition. B.Mendy said that “Bielsa is too good” in letting the players get interested by themselves in watching the videos.

Some will recall the “little scandal” last year where he had some of his people spy on Lampard’s Derby training session. Bielsa later apologized for it. He is obsessed…

B) Thrilling and intensive football

Bielsa is basically the “Guru” of “pressing high up the pitch” football. He requires his players to play intensive football and hence his pre-season is usually very much based on building fitness levels of his players. He likes to play agressive, attacking and fun football that excites the players and the crowd. He also expects his players to suffer for each other and to help each other out on the pitch like a family in real life. At Lille, he had 20 bungalows built in pre-season next to the training grounds so that the players could live there to instil this “family bond” within the team.

C) Developing young players

Bielsa is also recognized for his ability to spot and develop talent. He went to Pochetinno’s parents house at 2AM and asked if he could see their son’s legs. After seeing them, he said that he would like to sign him up at Newell’s Old Boys (one of the biggest club in Argentina) because Poch “looked like he was a footballer”. At Lille, he put some experienced players and captains aside to give the ounger players a chance and same in Marseille.


His trophy cabinet is quite empty but he basically is the Guru of the football approach adopted by Guardiola, Klopp, Pochetinno and has been one of the pioneers for opposition analysis and youth development set-ups. He is very temperamental (left Lazio after 2 days, left Marseille after a year…) and he is definitely obsessed by details, he lives and breathes football. So is Bielsa “The Crazy One” or is he “The torch holder”…The jury is still out it seems but all of them agree that he has influenced modern football to a great extent…

So what is your take on this very interesting coach?



11 Responses to Who is Bielsa, the coach known as “El Loco” – the Crazy one?

  1. Rasp says:

    Great read RC … and worthy of its Steeden.

    Well I shall be there tomorrow and if Bielsa’s Leeds plays the way you describe and our youngsters perform to their best it should be a great game.

    The word is that he will change most of the team and we will rest 5 or 6 players …. I’m not sure changing so many players fits with Bielsa’s philosophy … we will see!

  2. RC78 says:

    Let s c tomorrow Rasp…I d be happy if Leeds fields in a strong team. Would make the game very interesting. In the meantime, if Liverpool Youth plays like they are now already vs Everton, we re in for a Reds Dynasty…

  3. LBG says:

    Yoof wins it for Liverpool. Come on Mikel prove ours are just as good.

  4. Sue says:

    Oh Everton…. smh! Brought back horrible memories of our carabao cup exit……
    That’s all we’ll hear about for the next year now 😩
    Looking forward to tomorrow though!!

  5. RockyLives says:

    What a terrific Post RC.

    Bielsa sounds like a fascinating character.

    Makes me even more excited for tomorrow night.

  6. RC78 says:

    RockyLives – he is also a character on the sideline so it does add some spice to the game 😛

  7. RC78 says:

    @Sue – I think Walcott was just so poor in his delivery and decision-making and then they were a bit wasteful when they did create chances but when a team is on a positive spiral like Liverpool is, the whole clulb benefits from it and even the young players feel like they can do great things…

  8. Sue says:

    Having not beaten them today, RC… I don’t think they ever will!! It’s their fans I feel for.
    I agree about Theo… his Dad will be happy
    though – he supports Liverpool 😀
    The thought of them dominating for the next 10 years… makes me shudder!!

  9. oz gunner says:

    Enjoyed this simple breakdown of some of the tactics used by Arteta against United + Chelsea.

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  11. Steven musyoka says:

    Wow I love this, a new beginning starts for Arsenal fc.

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