Bielsa apologizes to the player who has to leave

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Marcelo Bielsa (65) is not like most football managers. He does things his way. Now he apologizes to Barry Douglas (31) for not getting the best out of the player.

Douglas came to Leeds in 2018 from Monday’s opponent Wolverhampton. On the deadline for transfers in England, the Scot on loan to Blackburn (level two) disappeared.

– I get very sad when he has left the team, because during the two years he has been with us, he has contributed significantly. He is a truly professional and a highly respected member of the team, Bielsa said at his press conference, reproduced by.

Douglas finished fourth in left-back this season:

– At left back, I chose Stuart Dallas, Ezgjan Alioski and Leif Davis in front of Douglas.

– It is such decisions that I have to make. For me, they have been very difficult. Douglas deserved to play for Leeds, and he gave everything to achieve this. I was not able to help him enough to establish himself in our team.

– In the end, it was a decision between me, the club and Douglas that he should go to Blackburn. I wish him all the best, for he deserves it.

Bielsa stood out especially when a knee-injured Douglas played against Millwall – because the coach had used up all the substitutions.

– He had a knee injury for half an hour. But he thought of the team in front of himself.

Marcelo Bielsa brought in a total of seven players in the transfer window. How many of them get the chance against Wolverhampton is uncertain.


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