Leeds United striker Patrick Bamford was asked by Stadium Astro what he would tell people in 20 years time about Marcelo Bielsa’s attention to detail.
The Englishmen shared that one story he would tell is how Bielsa would ‘go barmy’ at his staff if a disc marker, for where a player should be standing, is even a foot out of place.
The eagle-eyed Leeds coach has written his name into Elland Road folklore for helping them make their long-awaited return to the promised land.
It’s his relentless nature, willingness to eek out every detail even the opposition don’t even know about themselves which makes him such a popular figure, as Bamford shared the story he would tell in 20 years.
“On the training pitch, say, for instance, we are doing a drill and a disc marking out where the players should be is even a foot out of place then he would go barmy at the staff for not having everything perfect,” Bamford told Stadium Astro.
“Those little details if you let them slide then they make a big difference, so I can understand why he’s such a perfectionist and it has to be exactly so.”
Leeds United’s first six fixtures of 2020/21
Sheffield United (A)
Manchester City (H)
Aston Villa (A)
When Bielsa first arrived at Thorp Arch, Leeds had just finished mid-table in the second-tier, with a seemingly average squad and were about to spend yet another year away from the elite.
Whilst Leeds spent £10 million on Bamford when they purchased him from Middlesbrough [BBC Sport] there wasn’t any other real big-money deals in which the club concluded.
Instead, the likes of Kalvin Phillips, Stuart Dallas, Klich and Luke Ayling were transformed into world-beaters. Not forgetting that individuals, such as Jack Harrison, who is on-loan from Manchester City, have become consistent and ruthless in the final third under Bielsa.
It’s all down to one man and his methods… and he is rightly receiving the plaudits for it.