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Training ground footage of Marcelo Bielsa's 'third man' concept has emerged online and according to some, it's 'the future' of football.
Known for his possession-based style of play and intense press after losing the ball, Bielsa is also renowned for his unconventional methods in both training and on matchday. Take his brutal training sessions at Athletic Bilbao, for example.
The Leeds United manager is extremely thorough when it comes to tactical analysis. His principles are brave but when applied correctly, that direct and attacking style of play can be deadly - as we've seen time and time again this season.
So what does his training sessions look like at Thorp Arch?
A video of the 'third man concept' has recently found its way online and it provides a fascinating insight into his mind.
Marcelo Bielsa - training 3rd man concept:soccer:- Julius Riemann (@julius_riemann) March 22, 2021
:speaking_head:️"That is the future of football. [...] If you do that, you are impossible to defend. That third man is the least developed weapon in football, while in that way you have the most attack possibilities." pic.twitter.com/afEWKo33x0
You can see Bielsa's 'third man' method in action during Leeds' 5-0 win against West Brom in December.
Stuart Dallas drives out from the back and plays a one-two with Jamie Shackleton and, like in the training sessions above, he plays a pass to an onrushing Raphinha on the flank. The Brazilian then cuts inside and makes it five with a quality finish.
O vídeo tinha sido excluído, mas eu posto de novo porque foi lindo :heart_eyes:- Torcedor Informado (@TorcedorInform1) December 30, 2020
Golaço do brasileiro Raphinha pela #PremierLeague Goleada do Leeds, fora de casa.
West Brom 0x5 Leeds pic.twitter.com/XlDHg1tgjJ
During his spell at the La Liga club, Bielsa requested the session be recorded and it makes for utterly incredible viewing. Even in training, the Argentine is so demanding of his team and is constantly shouting at them.
Iker Muniain and Fernando Llorente, bent over with their hands on their knees, look absolutely knackered as they pause to get their breath back.
The intensity is just frightening and it's the bare minimum Bielsa wants from his players at every team he takes charge of.
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