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Marcelo Bielsa

Marcelo Bielsa

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Marcelo Bielsa

Marcelo Bielsa has expressed his admiration for the work of Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder.

The two sides clash in the Premier League's first Yorkshire derby in over 19 years at Bramall Lane tomorrow, and the Blades' progress under Wilder has earned Bielsa's full respect.

"The way that he manages to set up his team awakens interest in me to learn from him," said Bielsa.

"After their very good season in the Premier League, it shows that we're going to be up against a team that is very well prepared."

Leeds are bidding for back-to-back league wins following last week's 4-3 victory against Fulham at Elland Road.

The Blades have yet to register a point after successive defeats to Wolves and Aston Villa, but last season's top-10 finish impressed Bielsa.

"It's very clear the importance of what Sheffield United have done," said the Argentinian.

"First getting promoted and then the season they have just had in the Premier League.

"They are a team with a particular style of play, which is ingrained and well-oiled, and they have a very, very good manager."

Wilder guided the Blades from League One to the top flight in three years.

"He's been able to ingrain his ideas into his players and they clearly feel comfortable in the system that is being imposed," Bielsa said.