I was wondering what the club was thinking of after his first press conference. Thought it admirable that he tried, really ballsy, but it felt like a car crash.It is incredibly impressive, to go out in front of the media and speak a language your are currently learning and talk about your brand new job. Show's commitment and a lot of balls too.
(Certainly more impressive than my ability to multi quote)
I'm with you on this. I don't know the language of football tactics, but I noticed during yesterday's game the number of times we did one touch passes in a W shape when in the opposition half. We sort of zig zag the ball across the front of their defence, seemingly probing to see if they commit to a tackle, and then leave themselves vulnerable to being passed or rolled. We did it a few times. One touch, four or five passes, very fast. Fascinating to watch.I think he already has affected our style of play, for example from kick off we always would play it back to Dunk who would play a speculative long ball to Welbeck or whomever to hopefully win possession and continue the attack, this used to frustrate the hell out of me.
Why play a long ball that we might or might not win if we are a possession based team?
It looks like Robbie has corrected that, we now kick off, play it back to Dunk who moves it short thus keeping possession.
We also move the ball quicker now with a lot more one touch passes, it doesn’t always work but when it does, it looks bloody impressive.
I’m fully on board with the De Zerbi journey and haven’t been as excited with our style as when Poyet first came to town and had us using the football rather than seemingly trying to get rid of it.
It gets more difficult as you get older.
If RDZ would have moved to England aged 63 rather than 43, he'd struggle a lot more with it. Not impossible to learn even when you get old, but significantly more difficult.
Tbf I always got the impression that Leeds fans fully bought into Bielsa's peculiarities and were in on the joke of him just not wanting to talk to the press.Always thought that was disrespectful to his club. Can't be arsed to try and communicate with the fans in their own language. Puts RDZ's efforts in to perspective.
The translator is one of his coaches, so he’ll be able to concentrate on the day job!Agree with the views that his english has come on leaps and bounds since his arrival. The translator is in the dole queue now.
I think Bob had a new word to try out in yesterdays post-match interview, when he described the game as having been "very animated"
See, I don't agree with this. Some people take to learning a new language like a duck to water, some don't. And that's just regular life. Throw in the media trying to twist your every word, find an angle, or get a good story, I don't blame anyone wishing to stick to their native tongue. RDZ's approach is incredibly impressive but it's not for everyone.
Plus Bielsa is an outlier/oddity anyway, ignoring age issues and challenges.See, I don't agree with this. Some people take to learning a new language like a duck to water, some don't. And that's just regular life. Throw in the media trying to twist your every word, find an angle, or get a good story, I don't blame anyone wishing to stick to their native tongue. RDZ's approach is incredibly impressive but it's not for everyone.