Marcelo BIELSA spoke about Jorge SAMPAOLI and Diego SIMEONE.
Former Argentina National Team and Olympic gold winning coach Marcelo BIELSA has come out and commented on both Jorge SAMPAOLI and Diego SIMEONE. BIELSA appeared on Brazilian television where he stated that “as an Argentine, I don’t want Brazil to win.” He was also offered a shirt of the Brazil National Team but refused to post with it. Regarding Jorge SAMPAOLI and Diego SIMEONE, here’s what he had to say:
Marcelo BIELSA on Jorge SAMPAOLI:
“False modesty is one thing that I Reject a lot because it is to induce the other person to think the opposite of what I’m saying. It is a kind of manipulation. With that said, SAMPAOLI is not a disciple of mine because he’s better than me. And I don’t say that with false modesty.”
“One of the virtues for a coach is flexibility. Don’t fall in love with your own idea. But at the same time one has to fall in love to be able to convince. There needs to be a mixture of humility and conviction to defend the ideas one choses. I never dwell on my ideas and that is a defect. SAMPAOLI instead can renounce his ideas because he has the power of adaptation which I don’t have.”
“That makes him better than me. He’s solved things by moving away from the original starting point, while I’ve never given up my way of looking at football. I don’t consider him a disciple because from my unbiased point of view, his ideas, which are comparable to mine, is better. I could not do what he does.”
Marcelo Bielsa on Diego SIMEONE:
“You ask me if SIMEONE’s system is effective and pleasant. Yes, it is pleasant and it is effective, very often. SAMPAOLI’s system is also effective with much regularity and is also pleasant. Just because there are differences doesn’t make them better or worse, simply different.”