The winger has thought back on the contribution the Argentine head coach made to his growth at Elland Road.
Raphinha has thanked Marcelo Bielsa and praised the Argentine coach for his “teachings,” which have aided him in acclimating to his new surroundings at Barcelona fast. After two successful seasons at Elland Road, the Brazilian went to Camp Nou from Leeds United in a deal of €65 million (£55 million/$66 million) this summer.
Raphinha spent a large portion of his time at Leeds under Bielsa, who was fired by the team in February. Raphinha has credited the Argentine coach with assisting him in realizing his dream of playing at Camp Nou.
Raphinha’s comments regarding Marcelo Bielsa?
When asked about his previous instructor by Mundo Deportivo, Raphinha responded, “He is a coach that helped me a lot from the first minute I arrived at Leeds.
“He consistently asks for more and the best effort. He aided in both my entrance into the national team and my arrival at Barça. I doubt I would be here without his lectures, either individually or in a group.
“He was an important person for me and for my career. I will always carry him with me,” the player said. “In addition to having a style of play that is always respectful of the ball, he seeks maximum performance in training and in games.”
The 25-year-old claims that his current Barcelona manager, Xavi Hernandez, operates in a very different manner than Bielsa.
Raphinha continued, “They are distinct, Marcelo has a special way of working. “Let’s call it “Marcelo Bielsa style” for short.
“Each technician is unique. Every player and every coach has a different approach to their profession, just as every individual has a unique style of living.”
How has Raphinha been doing at Barca so far?
Raphinha had a strong debut for Barcelona against Inter Miami, scoring once and dishing out two assists. He was Barcelona’s most inventive player in the 6-0 friendly triumph and a lightning rod on the right wing.
In the Blaugrana’s following preseason game, he followed it up with another magnificent goal, rifling into the top corner from 25 yards out to give Xavi’s team a Clasico victory over archrivals Real Madrid.
Prior to their 2022–23 La Liga debut against Rayo Vallecano on August 13, Barcelona still has two friendlies scheduled against the NY Red Bulls and Pumas UNAM on July 31 and August 7, respectively.