Marcelo Bielsa compares Leeds United to Athletic Bilbao

Marseille's Argentinian head coach Marcelo Bielsa (R) reacts next to Marseille's French forward Andre-Pierre Gignac (C) and Marseille's Argentinian midfielder Lucas Ocampos at the end of...

Former Athletic Bilbao manager Marcelo Bielsa is now in charge of Leeds United.

LOSC Lille's Argentinian head coach Marcelo Bielsa reacts during a press conference at the 'Domaine de Luchin' on August 5, 2017 in Camphin-en-Pevele, northern France on the eve of the...

Leeds United head coach Marcelo Bielsa has compared the Whites to his former club Athletic Bilbao, as quoted by The Daily Star Sunday (print edition, page 49, July 1, 2018).

Bielsa has recently been appointed the new Leeds head coach, and the Argentine will be looking to guide the West Yorkshire outfit back to the Premier League.

The Argentine is one of the most innovative managers in the world and is a very high-profile figure in the game.

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The 62-year-old was in charge of Athletic Bilbao from 2011 until 2013 and was quite successful during his spell at the Spanish club.

Marseille's Argentinian head coach Marcelo Bielsa looks on prior to the French L1 football match between Olympique de Marseille and Stade Malherbe de Caen on August 8, 2015 at the...

Bielsa has compared Bilbao to Leeds, and has been quoted as saying by The Daily Star Sunday (print edition, page 49, July 1, 2018): “A season ticket in Bilbao is almost like an ID card and I’m hopeful it will be the same here.

“You can see how the club connects with the city. I know everything a foreigner could about Leeds and what it means to the fans.”

Marseille's Argentinian head coach Marcelo Bielsa looks on  during the French L1 football match between Toulouse (TFC) and Marseille (OM) on March 6, 2015 at the Toulouse stadium,...

Exciting times ahead for Leeds United

Leeds are one of the biggest clubs in England, but the Whites have not featured in the Premier League since 2004.

In recent years, the West Yorkshire outfit have become also-rans in the Championship, but perhaps things are about to change.

It will be important, though, that Leeds back Bielsa in the summer transfer window and sign the players he wants.

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