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Artell On The Bielsa Challenge

23 August 2021

Crewe Alexandra boss David Artell says he cannot fail to learn from Leeds United’s Argentine coach Marcelo Bielsa and he is looking forward to being in the opposite dugout to him tomorrow night.

The vastly experienced Bielsa has coached International sides Argentina and Chile and club sides such as Lazio, Athletic Bilbao, Marseille and Lille and is regarded as one of the most thought-provoking managers in world football.

Artell told the club’s official website: “I actually went to watch Leeds play Hull in the same competition last year at Elland Road and I found myself watching Marcelo on the touchline. I was watching him pace up and down, sit on his bucket and walk up and down again. It was intriguing and I had to snap out of it and concentrate on the game.

“That is the aura of the man and that was me watching from 50 rows up or whatever it was. It will be great to meet him and to see the things he does in the game to get an advantage. You cannot fail to learn from someone like him, who thinks about the game like he does and has the experience he has.

“That is my challenge as a manager and we will have to prepare for whatever Marcelo and his team throw at us. He is one of the best coaches in the world and I am looking forward to going up against him.”

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