Marco Bielsa has huge admiration towards City manager Pep Guardiola.
Leeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa claims he has given up trying to imitate Pep Guardiola.
Both the managers meet on a crucial weekend tussle at the Etihad Stadium.
“He’s a magical man. What he knows how to do is extremely difficult for me to try [to copy] and I’ve already given up, but I have genuine admiration for what he does,” Bielsa told DAZN.
“Interpreting the novel decisions that he incorporates into a game is already a way of falling in love with football.”
Pep Guardiola has also expressed his admiration towards Bielsa despite boasting a far superior record in terms of trophies won.
“He is probably the person I admire the most in world football – as a manager and as a person,” said Guardiola. “I think he is the most authentic manager all the time. In terms of how he conducts his teams, he is unique.
“The value of the manager does not depend on how many titles he has won. My teams have won more titles than him but in terms of knowledge of the game, I am still below him.
“His teams are always a joy to watch; how honest they are, they always want to attack and produce good football for the spectators.”