Marseille manager Andre-Villas Boas has criticized Leeds coach Marcelo Bielsa’s nomination for the FIFA Best Coach Award.
The Argentine has joined a five-game roster that also includes Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane, Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp, Sevilla player Julen Lopetegui and Liga de Liga winner Bayern Munich coach. Champions, Hansi Flick.
Bielsa was in command when Leeds first returned to the top flight of the English game in 2004, but Villas-Boas has suggested that these achievements pale in comparison to other coaches who have been overlooked.
“Bielsa? Bielsa has to win a prestigious trophy, “he told the media on Friday. “But he is not among the best five coaches in the world in 2020. It is a scandal. He won the Championship! “
Villas-Boas, who risks provoking fans at Marseille, where Bielsa is a cult hero, after a season at the club in 2014-15 will further frustrate OM’s support by suggesting that the Paris Saint manager -Germain, Thomas Tuchel, would have been a more worthy nominee.
The club has had a fiery relationship for decades and when they met earlier this season there were five red cards.
“That Tuchel is not in the top five is a scandal,” he said. “FIFA is sleeping … Tuchel won four trophies and then reached the final of the Champions League.”
Villas-Boas is having a rough ride at Stade Velodrome this season due to poor European performances from Marseille.
In four Champions League games, he hasn’t managed to score a single point and hasn’t even scored a goal yet. Wednesday’s regrettable 2-0 loss at home to Porto consigned them to a thirteenth consecutive defeat in the competition, which is a new record.
Bielsa, meanwhile, has earned accolades for Leeds’ strong start in the Premier League and has won a host of new fans for his idiosyncratic style of expansive football.
The Elland Road team was 14th in the standings before the weekend’s games began, having won three of their nine games. Meanwhile, with 14 goals scored, they have scored more frequently than any other team in the lower half of the standings, including Manchester United, Arsenal and Manchester City.
His team travels to face Everton on Saturday.