When Marcelo Bielsa defended his home from Ultras holding a grenade after handing Lionel Messi’s childhood club a crushing 6-0 defeat
The Incredible Story of Marcelo Bielsa when he took 'matters' into his own hands
Marcelo Biesla during a Premier League match
Marcelo Bielsa is known for his unorthodox and intense management style, which made headlines in 1992 for the assertive defense of his home. As the coach of Newell’s Old Boys, the club in the Argentinean top division, Bielsa had recently managed the team through a crushing 6-0 defeat. Bielsa is often called a “tactical genius” and is credited with revolutionizing how football is played. He is known for his high-pressing, high-intensity style of play and his focus on possession-based football.
According to reports following the defeat, a group of ultras made their way to Bielsa’s home. These fans were furious with the loss and sought an apology from their coach. However, the former Newell’s defender was not one to back down in the face of adversity. Marcelo was not intimidated by the mob, and instead of backing down, he came to the front door of his home in his pajamas, holding a grenade in his hand. He bravely threatened to pull the pin if the ultras did not leave his property immediately.
His bold action sent a clear message – he would do whatever it took to protect his home and family. The incident quickly made headlines, and many were surprised by Bielsa’s bold defense. However, those who knew “El Loco” were not surprised by his actions.
He has had a long and successful career as a football coach, having managed several clubs in South America and Europe and the national teams of Argentina and Chile. The former Leeds United Boss is widely regarded as one of his generation’s most innovative and influential coaches.
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Bielsa’s unique coaching style has influenced many coaches worldwide, such as Pep Guardiola, Mauricio Pochettino, and Gerardo Martino; he started his coaching career with Newell’s in 1990 after being a Scout at the club for 8 Years. He then stayed at the helm for 2 years before moving on to the Mexican side Atlas as a scout once again.
In Marcelo Bielsa’s tenure as a Newell’s Old Boys manager, from 1990 to 1992. He implemented his high-pressing and possession-based style of play, which he is currently known for. He also led the team to win the 1990-1991 Torneo Apertura, the first time the club had won the title in over a decade.
After leaving Newell’s, Bielsa managed several other clubs in South America and Europe, including Athletic Bilbao and Leeds United, as well as the national teams of Argentina and Chile.
“Bielsa is a master of football. He taught me so much about the game,” said Lionel Messi, who also started his playing career with Newell’s old boys, hailed Bielsa a ‘Master’ for teaching him a great deal about the sport. This statement is a testament to Bielsa’s knowledge and expertise in the world of football.
Bielsa is currently without a coaching job, having recently left Leeds United in February 2022. He is currently in the running for the Everton job after the Toffees sacked Frank Lampard.
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