According to the Yorkshire Evening Post, Marcelo Bielsa has admitted mistakes help his players to learn: “The mistakes that allows the opponent to score, those mistakes have an effect that helps the player to improve.”
In a close-to-flawless season, Marcelo Bielsa isn’t overly concerned about potentially costly mistakes, just so long as they learn from them.
38% of the goals that Leeds have conceded have come from set-pieces, which could be some of the mistakes Bielsa is referencing, his side also averages 12 fouls per game; that’s potentially 12 chances for the opponent to score, depending on the area of the pitch the foul is committed.
“You can say to one player don’t do this mistake, [but] this method is less effective than when you have a situation where a player makes a mistake and learns from it because it has a consequence,” he added.
“The price that you pay when you make a mistake has a big value for developing as a player.”
When you consider Bielsa’s tough reputation, he seems to be very forgiving when it comes to players mistakes. Perhaps he believes that players will always learn from a mistake, but may not always learn in training, to quote Bielsa himself “this method is less effective than when you have a situation where a player makes a mistake and learns from it .”
The Argentine is always fascinating to learn from, whether you are a player or just someone reading this article. His theory is basically – see a mistake, let the mistake play out and then educate the player on what happened.
Some fans may not be happy with this style of management, as it could lead to costly mistakes and dropped points, but it seems Bielsa is willing to pay that price in the pursuit of player development.