Diego Llorente, the Spanish defender joined the Yorkshire club on a 25 million euro deal from Real Sociedad last summer when Leeds United were promoted and were preparing for their first premier league campaign in 16 years. He has admitted that training under Marcelo Bielsa came as a “shock” but believes that the manager’s forensic approach towards the game will continue to bring forth positive results on the pitch.
Leeds are sure to stay afloat in the top flight next season as well for they are currently in the 11th position with 39 points. And the Spanish international believes under the Argentine manager, they are sure to go even further in the coming season.
Marcelo Bielsa’s out-of-the-box methods of coaching are well talked about but the Spanish international mentions that nothing could have prepared him for the first day of training under the Argentine gaffer.
To be honest, people had spoken to me about Bielsa but until you are actually playing for him you don’t realise just how different he is in so many facets of training,” Llorente told the Guardian.
“At first, it’s a shock because his methodology is so different. There are certain drills that are very analytical, that describe certain specific moments in games that, because of our style of play, are repeated often. Movements you should be making off the ball, the way you support the free man, the help you give teammates. It’s very specific.”
“That methodology is striking compared with the more general approaches you’ve been used to, but when you do these exercises and then you see that in 90 minutes that exact situation is repeated 10 or 20 times, you realise why we work that way.
“You understand why we do things differently, that every drill has a meaning, and can be directly transferred on to the pitch. You start to understand that, which is when you realise how special he is. You watch the video analysis, individually and as a team, and you can see how it improves the team.”
Llorente’s bumpy career and what the future holds for him at Leeds United
The Spaniard has had an injury-prone beginning to his Leeds career which has resulted in him just starting seven games this season. Due to a groin problem, he had to warm the bench till December and then had his debut in the same month only to limp off of the field against Newcastle in the following month of January. But ever since he is back from injury in late February against Southampton, he has played every single minute for the club and also earned an international call to play for Spain in the world cup qualifiers.
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