Today Marcelo Alberto Bielsa managed his first match in England with Championship (2nd tier) side Leeds United Football Club. Leeds outclassed Stoke 3-1 to open the Championship with a victory and three points.
In my opinion this new project is somewhat of a do over for Profé Bielsa whose short lived time with Lille did not live up to his previous stint in Ligue 1 with Olympique Marseille. I won’t spend time in the weeds retelling the story leading up to his dismissal from Lille but it was a partnership destined for failure.
Fast forward six months Leeds United chairman and owner, Andrea Radrizzani, convinced the eccentric manager to once leave his native Argentina for a new challenge this time in England. This is not the first time a club in the UK approached Bielsa; after Gary Monk was sacked Welsh club Swansea City sent a contingency to Argentina.
Bielsa’s presence at Leeds gives me the feeling the club is looking to head in a new direction–specifically, to try and get the club in contention for winning promotion to the Premier League. Leeds’ opening day performance, though it’s still early days, showed promise, if anything, of strategic, entertaining and energetic football.
Like most of you I am curious to see how things turn at Elland Road. As I watch Leeds from afar (Brooklyn, NY) it’s gonna be an exciting season in England’s second tier. I guess more will be revealed.