Brentford boss Thomas Frank hails ‘unique’ Leeds manager Marcelo Bielsa

Brentford boss Thomas Frank hails ‘distinctive’ Leeds manager Marcelo Bielsa forward of journey to Elland Road as they go head-to-head within the Premier League for the primary time

  • Brentford make the journey to Elland Road on Sunday to tackle Leeds United
  • Managers Thomas Frank and Marcelo Bielsa have met earlier than in Championship
  • But that is the primary time they will pit their wits in opposition to one another in top-flight
  • Frank described Bielsa’s footballing philosophy as an entire one-off 

Brentford manager Thomas Frank has heaped reward on ‘distinctive’ Marcelo Bielsa forward of their crunch conflict away at Leeds United.

The Bees journey to Yorkshire searching for simply their second win in eight Premier League video games, which has seen Brentford slip to twelfth place, and Frank is assured that they’ll exploit any weaknesses that Leeds would possibly possess.


‘We have weaknesses, Tottenham have weaknesses, Leeds have weaknesses,’ Frank mentioned. ‘We all have that once we are attempting to get on high of one another.

Brentford boss Thomas Frank has described Marcelo Bielsa as 'unique' ahead of a trip to Leeds

Brentford boss Thomas Frank has described Marcelo Bielsa as ‘distinctive’ forward of a visit to Leeds

Marcelo Bielsa watches from his familiar crouching position as Leeds play Crystal Palace


Marcelo Bielsa watches from his acquainted crouching place as Leeds play Crystal Palace

‘We know in the event that they press us effectively then it is going to be extraordinarily tough to play in opposition to, however hopefully we will capitalise on any errors they make.’

Frank has confronted Leeds manager Bielsa earlier than again within the Championship, however this might be their first encounter as Premier League managers.

The Bees boss believes there isn’t a one in soccer fairly just like the 66-year-old and admits that even some elements of his personal philosophy is a mere adaptation of the type of play that Bielsa applies.


‘His stage of element out and in of possession and the extent of element on his type of play, and simply how distinctive it’s. We have by no means seen something like that within the historical past of world soccer. There will not be one workforce that has copied that type of play, not one.

Brentford and Leeds met in the Championship two seasons ago but now play in the top-flight

Brentford and Leeds met within the Championship two seasons in the past however now play within the top-flight

‘There’s a number of managers who’ve copied some particulars to attempt to add it to their very own type of play, and that is why soccer is exclusive as a result of you may have your individual type, and also you attempt to add bits and items.

‘The bits I’ve been making an attempt to take out of it particularly have been the depth and the best way they press. When we go excessive it is a number of the identical philosophy as Bielsa.

‘He at all times has one additional in defence, however I am going man-to-man within the excessive press however that is simply the completely different types that we’ve got.’

A win for Brentford at Elland Road might see Frank’s males rise to as excessive as ninth place, whereas a victory for Leeds would see them leapfrog Brentford and as much as eleventh.

There aren’t any new damage points for Brentford, with David Raya, Josh DaSilva and Kristoffer Ajer remaining long-term absentees.


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