The defender notes that Argentina’s approaches were used since moving to Elland Road last year.
Leeds defender Diego Llorente acknowledges that Marcelo Bielsa’s preparation sessions were a “surprise,” but claims the forensic approach to the game by the boss will continue to produce good results.
Spain’s International has joined the Yorkshire Club for Real Community in a transaction last summer of 25 million euros (£23 million/$29 million).
Already on the 11th on 39 points, Llorente is confident that they will continue to push ever higher under Bielsa’s leadership in the coming season.
WHAT DID BIELSA CLAIM TO LLORENTE?
Bielsa’s unorthodox approaches are well known, but Llorente claims he may not have been trained for his first day under Argentina and Chile.
He told the Guardian.
“TO BE FRANK, PEOPLE HAVE SPOKEN TO ME ABOUT BIELSA, BUT YOU DON’T KNOW HOW DIFFERENT HE IS IN SO MANY WAYS UNTIL YOU REALLY PLAY FOR IT,”
“It is a disappointment at first and it is so new in his approach. Some books are strongly analytical, explaining such individual moments in games that are replicated frequently due to our style of play, You should pass the ball, help the free man, support teammates. You should make this is very particular. It is very specific.
“Compared to the more general approach, this technique is striking, but as you do such drills and you can also find that this same scenario is recurrent 10 or 20 times every 90 minutes, you see why we operate like this.
“WE KNOW THAT WE DO IT DIFFERENTLY, THAT ANY EXERCISE HAS IMPORTANCE AND CAN BE CONVEYED DIRECTLY TO A PITCH. YOU BEGIN TO GRASP WHAT YOU REALISE IS UNIQUE. YOU LOOK PERSONALLY AND AS A TEAM AT THE VIDEO REVIEW AND SEE HOW IT HELPS THE TEAM.”
THE CONFIDENT WOUNDS OF LLORENTE ARE BEHIND HIM
Llorente suffered an injury hit in his Leeds career, which restricted him so far this season to just seven appearances.
Because of the groyne problem, he had to wait until December before limping off with a hamstring injury to Newcastle in January.
However, he has played every minute of the last five games and won the Spanish squad a call for the latest World Cup qualifiers after he was returned to Southampton by the end of February.
“THIS WAS A DIFFICULT TIME BECAUSE I’D CHANGED THE COUNTRY AS WELL AS THE INJURY,”
Llorente said, saying that during his lay-off he had watched Leeds documentary series to get to know the club better. “That’s a wonderful transition, because my family has had to switch, and I don’t play.
“Some rough days were over, but my goal is clear: to excel in this. Nothing else matters when you’re motivated by such a target.
“IF YOU KEEP PRACTISING YOU WILL ARRIVE WITH PATIENCE, YOU MUST RESOLVE THE REVERSE, LIFE THROWS OBSTACLES IN YOUR WAY,”
“THERE ARE ALWAYS REVERSES. SO FROM THE FIRST MINUTE BEFORE I ACTUALLY MADE MY DEBUT, I TACKLED MATTERS. “
“I JUST LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING THE FANS BACK, WHICH, SURELY, WOULD MAKE A DIFFERENCE. THAT’S WHAT I’VE ALWAYS BEEN WAITING FOR. I’M LOOKING FORWARD TO. COMBINE YOUR HELP AND OUR EFFORTS AND THIS IS THE SECRET TO GROWTH. I COULDN’T LIVE IT ON MY OWN, BUT I SAW IT ON THE DOCUMENTARY AND I JUST HOPE THE DAY COMES SOON WHEN I CAN SEE IT FOR MYSELF.”