TOTTENHAM boss Antonio Conte once attended a masterclass to pick up some management tips from Leeds coach Marcelo Bielsa.
Conte attended a masterclass held by Bielsa on management back in 2015Credit: Getty
The now Leeds boss talked tactics and explained his footballing philosophyCredit: Getty
Nevertheless, the former Chelsea and Juventus boss attended a masterclass given by the Argentine back in 2015, when Conte was still in charge of Italy.
And he could be seen listening intently as Bielsa imparted his wisdom to a room of pupils hoping to learn a few tips and tricks from the former Marseille coach.
The two have never faced one another as opposing managers, but will do so when they go head-to-head at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Sunday.
And he will be facing up against a coach he admires and from whom he once sought to take advice and wisdom earlier in his managerial career.
Conte listened intently as Bielsa dictated to the roomCredit: Getty
Bielsa used a diagram to explain himself and give insight into his tacticsCredit: Getty
Bielsa has managed at the top level for more than 30 years, with spells at Newell’s Old Boys, Athletic Bilbao, Chile, Marseille and Lille – among others.
He is one of the most respected coaches in world football and is known to be a diligent student of the game, with an unwavering passion for the sport.
Pep Guardiola once said of Bielsa: “He is unique in world football because of the special way he plays. I learnt a lot about his style, his final product. He’s an incredible person, so special.
“Winning titles helps to have a job next season but at the end of your life, what you remember is not the titles you have won, what you remember is the memories you have and whether the manager taught you a lot.
“What we remember are the experiences and the memories, the players you have had, the managers you have had. Marcelo is at the top of the list. Absolutely at the top of the list.”
The enigmatic Leeds coach is also known for his unnerving intensity and his demanding management style, which has led him to become such a cult figure.
He famously quit Lazio just two days after signing on as their new manager in 2016 after a transfer dispute, leading them to take legal action against him.
But his union with Leeds since joining the club in 2018 has been a match made in heaven, after bringing the sleeping giants back up to the top flight in 2020.
The Whites finished ninth in their first season back in the Premier League and made a big impression with their ambitious and attractive style of football.
Both sides are underachieving in their league positions so far this season, with Spurs currently ninth and Leeds in 15th after 11 games.
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