Pep Guardiola believes Marcelo Bielsa is the ‘most authentic manager’.
Manchester City will be visiting Elland Road for their third Premier League game of the 2020/21 season.
Pep Guardiola regards Johan Cruyff as his coaching inspiration but hugely adore Leeds manager Marcelo Bielsa.
“He is probably the person I admire the most in world football – as a manager and as a person,” said Guardiola.
“Bielsa is the most authentic manager in terms of how he conducts his teams. He is unique. Nobody can imitate him, it’s impossible.
“I don’t see him quite as much but when I get the pleasure to spend time with him, it’s always inspirational.”
One debate that always comes around is that Bielsa lacks the major honours and silverware whereas Guardiola has won eight league titles, two Champions Leagues and five domestic cups in his glorious career.
“The value of a manager does not depend on how many titles or prizes you won,” said Guardiola.
“My teams won more titles than his but in terms of knowledge of the game and many other things, including training sessions, I am still away from him.
“It’s a good gift to the Premier League to have him here because his teams are always a joy to watch. They are honest, they always want to attack and they produce good football for spectators.”