Pontus Jansson insists he is’ so grateful ‘to Marcelo Bielsa and reveals that he brought the Leeds boss” ideas and knowledge ‘to Brentford as he claims they are still in a good relationship despite the bitter exit from Elland Road.
- Jansson left Leeds in July 2019, before Bielsa’s side was promoted
- But the Swede insists his relationship with the Argentinian manager is still strong
- And Jansson stated that some of Bielsa’s tactical innovations helped the bees take off
- Jansson led Thomas Frank’s team to victory in Saturday’s play-off final
Pontus Jansson has revealed that he has brought several tactical ideas from Marcelo Bielsa’s squad of Leeds to Brentford following their promotion to the Premier League.
Bee captain Jansson signed on for Thomas Frank’s outfit after telling him he was no longer wanted by Bielsa’s Leeds, but the 30-year-old also insisted his relationship with the innovative Argentinian was still strong despite his bitter exit.
And when asked whether the promotion justified his transfer from Leeds to West London, the Swede responded positively.
Pontus Jansson of Brentford revealed that he has taken over ‘ideas and knowledge’ from Marcelo Bielsa
Bielsa previously led the defender at Leeds before the Swede left bitterly in 2019
He said after the game: ‘That’s probably what I’m most proud of. I saw something in Brentford.
‘I am so grateful to (Marcelo) Bielsa and what he gave me in Leeds, he gave me so much knowledge that I actually brought here to Brentford.
‘Brentford was so willing to listen to me, with my ideas that I took from Bielsa, so thank him very much!
Jansson insisted that the relationship between Bielsa and himself was strong despite his departure
The 30-year-old captain of the Bees to promotion in Saturday’s play-off final against Swansea
‘Bielsa is one of the best coaches in the world for me. People think me and his relationship isn’t the best, but he’s very good. I am so grateful to him and of course I love Brentford so much, but also thanks to Bielsa and Leeds. ‘
The Bees, who took part in their second consecutive Championship play-off final, left last year’s loss to Fulham with a comfortable 2-0 win against Swansea at Wembley on Saturday.
That victory means that Jansson will have the chance to take on the side and manager who let him go in the English top flight next season.