Marcelo Bielsa recently gave a lecture on the Poland national team – despite them playing his native Argentina in the World Cup.
The former Leeds United boss pulls out all the stops with his research, as Derby County know all too well, and he once again demonstrated his ridiculous in-depth knowledge during a talk at Legia Warsaw’s Stadion Wojska Polskiego earlier this week.
Bielsa had watched Poland's last 50 matches before they journeyed to Qatar, reportedly compiling reports on 65 different players which he presented to the audience – including their manager Czeslaw Michniewicz – of the seminar which was sponsored by the Polish FA.
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He's done his home country no favours there, as Poland and Argentina will meet in Group C later this month.
According to Dutch magazine Voetbal International, Michniewicz thanked Bielsa for his talk, telling him: "I’ve secretly watched your training in the past – I couldn’t understand everything you did. You are a genius, thank you for your lecture."
It's claimed Bielsa recommended Fiorentina midfielder Szymon Zurkowski, calling him a "monster". And Michniewicz appears to have listened as he started him in their 1-0 friendly win over Chile on Wednesday (November 16).
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Bielsa would have been disappointed to see his former Leeds midfielder Mateusz Klich hadn't made Poland's World Cup squad having been dropped by new boss Jesse Marsch.
The 67-year-old has recently been linked with a return to the dugout, having been out of a job since being sacked by Leeds in February. Manager-less Bournemouth could offer him a route back to the Premier League.
He's also been named in connection with Spanish club Athletic Bilbao and Brazilian side Santos, but neither of those came to anything. Perhaps Michniewicz should be watching his back, because a poor World Cup for Poland may well see Bielsa taking his place.
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