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“Pep came to ask me how I trained Bielsa and how I dealt with the players”

Gabby Barker



Javi Martínez is not going through his best moment at Bayern Munich. There is a lot of competition both in the center of the field and in defense and its performance has been affected, so the German club does not seem to be clear about renewing its contract, which expires in 2021. There are rumors that it could return to Athletic Bilbao, club in which it was directed, among many others, by Marcelo Bielsa, now in the Leeds.


The player talked about his stage at Bayern Munich with Pep Guardiola (currently in the Manchester City), which was precisely very interested in the working methods of the Argentine, as stated Goal: “When I was training with Pep, he came to me again and again to ask me about my stage with Bielsea. I wanted to know how he trained and how he dealt with the players. The respect was mutual because Pep admires Bielsa and Bielsa admires Pep.”

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The Basque says that both technicians had a great admiration for each other and that the duel between Barça and Athletic with them on the benches is the most beautiful encounter he has witnessed: “I still remember a game. It was an Athletic Bilbao – Barcelona in San Mamés, at night. It was raining and they faced Bielsa against Pep. Tactically it was amazing, it was the most beautiful football game I've ever seen in my life.”

Finally, he explained that he learned a lot from Bielsa both sports and personal, recognizing that he is a coach that really makes a difference: “The way he trains, the speeches … is unique. He is a coach who takes you to the limit physically. He simply knows how to squeeze everything from you because it takes you to a higher level. I not only learned a lot from him in the sport. I also grew up personally. Sometimes his speeches lasted an hour without saying a word about football. He simply talked about life. “

Gabby is someone who is interested in all types of sports, she loves to attend watching matches live. Whenever there is a match being played in her city, she makes sure to get the tickets in advance. Due to the love for sports, she joined Sportsfinding, and started writing general sports news. Apart from writing the news, she is also the editor for the website who checks and edits every news content before they go live.

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