Pep Guardiola names the best manager in the world - and he's NOT in the Premier League
Marcelo Bielsa is the best coach in the world, says Pep Guardiola. (Getty Images)

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has named Marcelo Bielsa as the best coach in the world.

The former Argentina, Chile and Athletic Bilbao manager has been out of work since leaving Lazio after just two days in the job last summer.

Bielsa has agreed to take charge of Lille from the start of next season and Guardiola has paid tribute to the 61-year-old for helping him during his career.

‘My admiration for Marcelo Bielsa is huge because he makes the players much, much better,’ said the City boss.

‘Still, I didn’t meet one guy, a former player from Marcelo Biesla who speaks no good about him.

‘They are grateful about his influence on their careers in football.

‘He helped me a lot with his advice. Whenever I speak with him I always feel like he wants to help me.’

Manchester City's Spanish manager Pep Guardiola addresses the media during a press conference at the City Football Academy in Manchester, northern England, on February 20, 2017, on the eve of their UEFA Champions League Round of 16 first-leg football match against Monaco.  / AFP / Paul ELLIS        (Photo credit should read PAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images)
Guardiola admits Bielsa had a huge impact on his career (AFP/Getty Images)
Chile's coach  Marcelo Bielsa watches his players during the Group H first round 2010 World Cup football match Chile vs. Switzerland on June 21, 2010 at Nelson Mandela Bay stadium in Port Elizabeth. NO PUSH TO MOBILE / MOBILE USE SOLELY WITHIN EDITORIAL ARTICLE  -       AFP PHOTO / TOSHIFUMI KITAMURA (Photo credit should read TOSHIFUMI KITAMURA/AFP/Getty Images)
Bielsa guided Chile to their first ever victory over Argentina. (AFP/Getty Images)

‘It is important for me to say this about Marcelo because it doesn’t matter how many titles he had in his career.

‘We are judged by that – how much success we have, how many titles we have won.

‘But that is much less influential than how he has influenced football and his football players.

‘That is why, for me, he is the best coach in the world. I am looking forward to seeing him in Lille next season.

‘I am pretty sure his influence on their team, their club and their players will be huge – amazing. I am pretty sure of that.’

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