Pep Guardiola claims that Marcelo Bielsa is the person he admires the most in football more than anybody else.
In his pre-match press conference, Guardiola said: “He is definitely the person I respect the most in world football-as a manager and as an individual.”
“All the time, I think he’s the most authentic manager. He is exceptional in terms of how he runs his teams.”
“It’s difficult for someone to imitate him, particularly his behavior as an individual off the pitch and linked to the media.”
“Now, when I get the joy of spending time with him, it’s really an inspiration for me. I don’t see him as much.”
“The manager’s value doesn’t rely on how many titles he’s earned. My teams have captured more titles than him, but I’m always behind him in terms of game knowledge.”
“His teams are always a pleasure to watch; they always want to strike and produce good football for the fans.”