“Mauricio [Pochettino] is a benchmark of football in the world”.
The man who says these words is not known to hand out compliments easily.
In an interview broadcast this Sunday evening in the "Canal Football Club", Marcelo Bielsa did not lack praise for the current PSG coach he led as a player at Newell's Old Boys in Rosario.
The former coach of Marseille and Lille says in particular: “At PSG, he had to adapt immediately and he won a very great match against Barcelona (
4-1 in the round of 16 first leg of the Champions League
It's a great proof of Mauricio's abilities and his great influence.
In terms of football, tactics and player management.
Knowing how to manage great players is not given to everyone.
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If Mauricio Pochettino did not understand the message, the rest of the words of his former mentor are in the same vein.
Regarding his former player, the current Leeds coach said: “I have a lot of affection for him, gratitude, I love him a lot.
Coaches, we are who we are thanks to the players we have coached and who have helped us win, they fuel our prestige.
Now Mauricio is at the top and he deserves it.
🗨️ "It doesn't matter what opinion I give. His career speaks for him"
Marcelo Bielsa on his compatriot and colleague Jorge Sampaoli ⚪️🔵 pic.twitter.com/cInhXBdHwn
- Canal Football Club (@CanalFootClub) March 7, 2021
“El Loco”, his nickname, also spoke of another compatriot, an Argentinian coach who in turn joined Ligue 1, Jorge Sampaoli.
We feel there that the affection is less strong: “He is a very well-known coach, he was coach of Argentina, Chile.
He won important titles in South America, he coached in Europe.
So, whatever advice I give, his journey speaks for him.
Sampaoli will be presented in Marseille on Tuesday.
He will make his debut on the Marseille bench against Rennes on Wednesday for a late match of the 22nd day of Ligue 1, postponed following the incidents of the Commanderie.