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Having Bielsa in the Premier League is a gift, says Guardiola

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Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola is among the most successful of all time, but when it comes to his knowledge of the game, he says he falls a long way short of Leeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa.

FILE PHOTO – Premier League – Leeds United v Fulham – Elland Road, Leeds, Britain – September 19, 2020 Leeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa before the match Pool via REUTERS/Carl Recine

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REUTERS: Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola is among the most successful of all time, but when it comes to his knowledge of the game, he says he falls a long way short of Leeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa.

While the Argentinean has not enjoyed anything like the success of City's Spanish boss, Guardiola said on Friday that Bielsa, whose side host City in the Premier League on Saturday, is the person he admires most in world football.

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Bielsa has changed the culture and playing style at Leeds and brought them back to the top flight after a 16-year absence having won the second-tier Championship last season.

Guardiola admitted that Johan Cruyff was his most influential mentor, having worked for four years with the Barcelona great, but he is one of many coaches who say they have been inspired by Bielsa.

"It is a good present, a good gift to have him in the Premier League," Guardiola told reporters.

"I think (Bielsa is) probably the person I admire the most in world football as a manager and as a person. I think he is the most authentic manager all the time in terms of how he conducts his teams, he is unique.

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"Especially his behaviour as a person off the pitch… My theory is the manager is not about the titles because I feel far away from his knowledge. My teams Read More – Source

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