Bielsa on Guardiola: He is the teacher and I am the pupil

The Catalan coach stated in the past that he wants to learn from the 56-year-old, but ahead of the sides' meeting at the weekend the Argentine thinks a role reversal is in order
Athletic Bilbao's Marcelo Bielsa has stated that Barcelona's Pep Guardiola is the better trainer of the two, singling out the 41-year-old's success in his relatively short career in the dugout for praise.

The Camp Nou boss said on Friday that he looked up to the Argentine and wanted to learn from him, however, the South American feels that the roles should be reversed.

"The teacher and the student are defined by achievements," the Bilbao coach stated in a press conference.

"Look at Guardiola's work and mine and you will see who is the student and who is the teacher. No, I'm not the teacher, because the things that I have done in football are not comparable with what Guardiola has done.

"I think he's a coach who has built a team which plays like no other in the last 25 years. And they not only play in a different manner, but in a better manner as well.

"Do I admire him? Of course. He was an emblematic player, and now an unforgettable part of a winning club, where he has built his team," Bielsa concluded.

Bilbao travel to Camp Nou on Saturday looking to keep their top-four finish dreams alive, whilst Barcelona will be keen to close the six-point gap on Real Madrid at the top of La Liga.