Benoit Delaval has spoken to The Athletic about his departure from Leeds, after the fitness coach followed Marcelo Bielsa as he left Elland Road.
He is the first member of Bielsa’s close team to speak after the Argentine was replaced by Jesse Marsch, and there have been some interesting comments.
What is the story?
Well, Delaval revealed he couldn’t bring himself to watch Leeds play anymore, having also been sacked by Los Blancos.
Athletic also shed light on Delaval’s thoughts on Marsch accusing Bielsa of overworking players.
In early April, the 48-year-old questioned previous training methods and even claimed that Bielsa’s playing style had caused injuries.
Of course, that criticism also falls firmly in the hands of Delaval, whose job it was to make sure players avoided injury.
Thanks to The Athletic’s Daniel Taylor, we now know that Delaval has no intention of starting a war of words with the American.
He is aware of what has been said, but thinks there is no value in hitting back with any response, as it is not in his nature.
No one at Leeds needs to defend Marcelo Bielsa’s methods
In our opinion, Delaval is right not to answer, because he simply does not need it.
Bielsa’s methods lifted Leeds from an abyss of despair and nothingness to a place where anything was possible, as he guided Los Blancos to ninth place in the Premier League.
Marsch would be well advised to remember that before commenting further on his predecessor’s footballing philosophy.
Yes, it was an intense style, and it may well have caused injuries.
However, it has allowed Leeds to play some of the most entertaining football in club history, while also rebuilding broken ties between the board and the fanbase.
Neither Bielsa nor Delaval need to react, because they have already forcefully justified their methods.
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