Mon 20 Aug by Mark Gleeson


The cult of Marcelo Bielsa is fast taking hold in England where the notorious former Argentina coach is seeking to revive an old giant and Soccer 6 punters can have a stab tonight (TUESDASY) on whether he is going to keep up his winning start to a new job at Leeds.Bielsa is the muse of many of the top coaching names in world football, including Pepe Guardiola, and regarded as a brilliant, if maverick, innovator whose high intensity approach to the game is something of a sink or swim exercise.In more recent years, the progress of the game has caught up with his ideas and he has had little success, wearing down his teams with the intense physicality he demands instead of delivering trophies.But Leeds United are hoping that his star turn might still brush off on them and he has made an immediate impact as the Elland Road side have won their opening three games of the Championship season, plus a League Cup clash.Bielsa will take his 100 percent record to Swansea City tonight for a meeting between two unbeaten teams as he goes up against another coach with a glowing reputation.The 43-year-old Graham Potter made his name in Sweden, where he guided Ostersund from the regional tiers to the top-flight with three promotions, winning the Swedish Cup along the way. Last season they reached in the group phase of the Europa League.The former England under-21 international was appointed by Ostersund with no managerial experience but with a vision to put his studies into practice, having completed a masters degree in leadership and emotional intelligence.His more unusual methods garnered attention and a little amusement, like the annual theatrical show the players put on for the town which Potter said helped to take them out of their comfort zone and trust each other.Training involved working almost entirely with the ball on scenarios which might occur during the next match, and Potter tasked his players with solving the individual problems they were likely to face on the weekend.Since joining Swansea they have won their opening two games and drew away at the weekend, making tonight’s match-up a contest between two in-form outfits.