Former Barcelona defender Carles Puyol has backed Marcelo Bielsa’s comments on how he feels football is becoming less attractive.
Bielsa was speaking during his pre-match press conference ahead of Leeds United’s clash with Liverpool at Elland Road on Sunday.
The Leeds boss was questioned on whether the club could take any measures before the October international break to avoid a similar debacle involving Raphinha after he decided against accepting a call up to the national team due to uncertainty over quarantine rules.
Instead, Bielsa delved into great detail on how he feels the ever-growing schedule for players is impacting the quality of the game.
He said: “To ignore the preparation and need for rest is absurd. To ignore the effect on players, and long hours of flying, that will injure any player, so clearly there is no way to resolve this by protecting football.
“They protect the commercial arm, but the game goes unprotected.
“Football is going to waste in such a way and there will be a time when it becomes less attractive.
“The industry is taking the product and every time it interests less people. They have to look for spectators all over the world because one country is not enough, let alone one city.
“They justify it by saying that those in the spectacle earn a lot of money, which also has logic, because who are they supposed to pay? There are other paths, to play less, invest in the grassroots, create cheaper tickets.”
As shown in the tweet below, Barcelona legend Puyol appears to echo Bielsa’s claims as he encourages people to listen to what the 66-year-old had to say on the topic.
The fallout this week comes after plans for a World Cup to be played every two years intensified, something which several players and managers alike have criticised.