Marcelo Bielsa gets a very grateful namecheck by Pep Guardiola in a new documentary about Manchester City’s run-in last season.
The documentary, Together, which was released on Manchester City’s official YouTube channel last week, tells the story of the final 46 days of the club’s 2020-21 season, showing what life was like in the team’s bubble as they challenged for several trophies.
In one scene the City players are shown arriving at Wembley for the Carabao Cup final, in which they played Tottenham Hotspur and went on to win, bringing the team’s first silverware of the pandemic-struck season.
Before the final however, the Manchester City team and staff are shown in the changing room, initially warming up and preparing, but then riveted by a television screen showing Leeds take on Manchester United, who by then had climbed to second place in the battle to win the Premier League, just behind City.
Players such as Kevin De Bruyne are shown staring at the screen intently, until finally the Elland Road clash came to an end, the commentator announcing that the match had finished 0-0, with the City players clearly relieved that if they could get just six more points they would seal the league title.
After the final whistle, City boss Pep Guardiola is jubilant, walking away from the television and looking straight at the camera with a smile, his fist raised, as he says, ‘Marcelo!’, then, ‘the Premier League is the best’.