Leeds (dpa) – Leeds United didn’t have to do anything to make the return to the UK top division perfect after 16 years. The team didn’t play when they celebrated the long-awaited promotion to the Premiere League.
A success thanks to a trainer that Pep Guardiola loves. Argentinian Marcelo Bielsa is called “El Loco”, the crazy man, and led the traditional club to where fans think it belongs. “We’re back,” the club announced immediately after the rise of social media.
A week after the death of the legend of Leeds and the world champion of England, Jack Charlton, United took advantage of the 2-1 defeat of pursuer West Bromwich Albion in Huddersfield Town. As a result, the return to the Premier League can no longer be denied to the Bielsa team even without their own efforts. Thousands of fans of the Yorkshire team in the north of England flocked to Elland Road late at night and, despite warnings from local police, celebrated with little distance and usually without nose and mouth protection.
The professionals first watched the crowds of the trailers from the window of a VIP room and later approached the action. Coach Bielsa was not in the photos. It is not known where the 64-year-old celebrated the climb. But Saturday morning, some Leeds fans cheered him outside his Yorkshire home. “We love you,” several supporters shouted to the South American.
The coach has cult status in Leeds. Bielsa is like her. He often walked through his favorite supermarket with the club’s tracksuit. When he was charged with an espionage affair, he gave a 70-minute press conference and eventually paid the fine of £ 200,000 (about € 220,000). Bielsa had instructed employees to secretly watch an opponent during training. Last year, he received the fair play award for leading his team against Aston Villa after a controversial goal in Leeds without admitting resistance.
Bielsa has brought the proud club back to life. In 2001 Leeds reached the semifinals of the Champions League with stars such as Rio Ferdinand and Mark Viduka. Chaos on the executive floor and high debts caused the club to relegate to the third division six years later. It only went up under Bielsa, who signed up for Leeds in 2018. In his first season, the promotional play-offs ended, on July 17 there was the preliminary peak.
“My admiration for Bielsa is very great. He makes his players much, much better,” Guardiola once said of his idol. Bielsa’s contract is now expiring. However, an extension is considered very likely. So Leeds fans would have the following reason to celebrate.