“He gave me praise that I never forgot.”
Marcelo Bielsa has spoken about the praise Alex Ferguson gave him back in 2012.
Ahead of the Premier League clash against Manchester United on Sunday, the Leeds United coach reflected on his last trip to Old Trafford.
In March 2012, Bielsa’s Athletic Bilbao beat Man United 3-2 at Old Trafford in a Europa League tie.
The Argentine said that Ferguson praised his team following the match, and found it fascinating that they trained on the morning of the match.
Bielsa on Ferguson.
“He gave me praise that I never forgot,” the Leeds coach said in his pre-match press conference.
“He said he wasn’t surprised that Athletic had won. He also said he wasn’t surprised how much our team ran to be on equal terms with them.
“What did surprise him was on the day of the game, in the morning, my team had trained for an hour-and-a-half.
“I never forgot that comment from him.
Bielsa also said that the former Man United manager was shocked that Bilbao trained on the morning of a match.
“There is something that justifies training on the day of the game,” the former Argentina coach said.
“Of course, the training consumes some energy that would be needed in the game.
“But that training session showed the players where to run, it co-ordinated them.
“That allowed them to run less in the game because they were in the correct positions.”
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