Leeds boss Marcelo Bielsa admits he uses a translator in interviews because he would struggle to get his message across – even though he does yell out instructions to his players in English on match day!
- Marcelo Bielsa has apologized for not learning to speak English
- The Leeds boss usually conducts most of his interviews through a translator
- He said speaking in Spanish helps him convey his ideas much more easily
- Bielsa admitted that in England he was ‘weakened’ by language problems
Marcelo Bielsa, head coach from Leeds, has apologized for not conducting his media interviews in English.
Bielsa has proven that the language barrier was no obstacle to lead the club back to the Premier League and put them in the middle of the table this season.
But the 65-year-old Argentinian said: ‘I owe my apologies to those who have to listen to me that I have not learned English.
The Leeds United boss has apologized for not learning English during his time at the club
“One of my major shortcomings with my passage in English football is that I cannot communicate in the language that everyone speaks.”
Bielsa has been heard shouting instructions to his players in English on match days and was asked how he communicated with his players during practice.
“Somehow it weakens me, the fact that I haven’t been able to learn to speak English,” he said. One of the bigger tools a coach has is to get his message across through his words.
‘One of the things I spent the most time on when I was a coach is being able to talk well.
The Argentinian has been conducting interviews with the help of a translator since moving to England
‘If there is one thing that I enjoy doing, and it has taken a long time, it is to give the meaning and definition of words and say in the simplest way, without losing the richness of what I want to say.
‘Because it is so difficult for me to speak in Spanish, to express my ideas simply and succinctly, the decision I made not to do this in another language that was not mine.
That is, if I can’t say it in Spanish, how can I say it in English? The first to disbelieve this statement is me, but it is my reality. ‘
Bielsa has proved hugely successful and equally popular in England since arriving on Elland Road in the summer of 2018.
He has transformed Leeds from a mid-table Championship team into one of the shining lights of the Premier League, winning praise for his entertaining style of play.
Bielsa still managed to get his ideas across to the players after securing top-level survival
Leeds, currently ninth in the league table, will seek to extend their six-game unbeaten league at Brighton on Saturday after taking five points from their last three games against Manchester City, Liverpool and Manchester United.
The Bielsa squad comfortably avoided any fear of relegation in their first season back in the top flight in 16 years, but the head coach insisted their intensity levels would not drop.
“Pressure is indispensable,” he added. ‘We play better with pressure. With five games to play, the opinion of Leeds’ performance level, this evaluation can be maintained or improved depending on the results.
“What happens in the last five can lead to decisive conclusions.”