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Leeds United winger Raphinha talks up Marcelo Bielsa quality

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Leeds United winger Raphinha claims that Marcelo Bielsa is like a "father figure" to the squad, following suggestions that the Argentine is "cold" with his players.
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Leeds United winger Raphinha has praised manager Marcelo Bielsa, following a report that suggested the Argentine is "cold" towards his players.

The Yorkshire club are enjoying their first season back in the Premier League since the 2003-04 campaign, and victory against league leaders Manchester City on Saturday gave the Whites a third consecutive three points.

Following suggestions that Bielsa is distant from his players, 24-year-old Raphinha backed his manager, insisting he is like a "caring father figure" to the squad.

Speaking to FourFourTwo, Raphinha said: "It's been great to work with Bielsa. He's always trying to make things better and improve the standards of everything and everyone, and the only way to do that is through hard work. Bielsa is a demanding manager, but that's normal for top professionals.

"It's important to mention his human side, too: he cares for everyone and tries to see how he can help every individual to get better. In a big squad, some guys naturally don't get as much game time as they'd like, and it would be easy for them to feel a little bit down. But then Bielsa comes to talk to them, explains his reasons and keeps everyone motivated.

"Some people don't appreciate the importance of that, but I do. Sometimes players need this attention and the support of their leader.

"In football, the coach is often a father figure for players. He wants to get the very best out of them, but cares as well. It's not a cold relationship, and that's definitely the case with Bielsa. It's easy to work with him."

Bielsa was appointed at Elland Road in 2018 and guided Leeds to the Premier League last season after winning the Championship by 10 points. body check tags ::

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CManchester CityMan City36265576294783
2Manchester UnitedMan Utd362010670422870
3Leicester CityLeicester362061065442166
4Chelsea361810855332264
5Liverpool36189963422163
6Tottenham HotspurSpurs361781163412259
7West Ham UnitedWest Ham361781156461059
8Everton36168124643356
9Arsenal361671350381255
10Leeds UnitedLeeds36165155753453
11Aston Villa36147155144749
12Wolverhampton WanderersWolves36129153549-1445
13Crystal Palace36128164061-2144
14Southampton36127174763-1643
15Burnley36109173351-1839
16Newcastle UnitedNewcastle36109174362-1939
17Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton36814143742-538
RFulham36512192650-2427
RWest Bromwich AlbionWest Brom36511203370-3726
RSheffield UnitedSheff Utd3662281962-4320
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