Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has identified former Argentina coach Marcelo Bielsa as the best gaffer in the world after it was confirmed that the 61-year-old will return to football with Ligue 1 side Lille next season.
In July 2016, the former Chile national football team handler controversially left Lazio after just only two days in charge, and he has now agreed a two-year deal with Lille.
Pep Guardiola has long described Biesla's intricate and innovative tactical plans as a major influence upon his own approach, and the Manchester City boss was effusive in his praise of the 61-year-old.
"My admiration for Marcelo Bielsa is huge because he makes the players much, much better. 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 because he is the best coach in the world,'' Guardiola explained.
Meanwhile, Pep Guardiola and his wards will face Monaco on Tuesday, February, 21, 2017 in the UEFA Champions League round of 16 clash at the Etihad stadium.