Marcelo Bielsa’s right-hand man Salim Lamrani has come to the support of the Leeds United boss after Christophe Dugarry labelled the Argentine “autistic” on French radio, and fans cannot get enough of it.
Dugarry was joined by Franck Leboeuf on RMC Sport’s Team Duga show and was questioned by Jean-Louis Tourre on a number of matters, including Bielsa’s management style and the ‘Spygate’ drama.
But the pair could not help themselves as they tore into the former Marseille boss and the suggestion that he aided the careers of Pep Guardiola and Mauricio Pochettino.
The most striking line to come out of the interview, though, was when Dugarry referred to Bielsa’s man management, and, per quotes by Sport Witness, stated: “It’s the way he treats people, journalists, it’s a bit autistic, isn’t it?”
Just ask the Vélodrome and the fans of Marseille if they had more emotions with Marcelo Bielsa or with Christophe Dugarry and Frank Leboeuf… pic.twitter.com/7S6BpnWJS0
— Salim Lamrani (@SalimLamraniOff) February 6, 2019
Naturally, the comments from a member of France’s 1998 World Cup winning squad did not go down well, and Lamrani came to his colleague’s support on social media on Wednesday night.
When Leeds fans saw Bielsa’s translator’s tweet, they too chimed in with their views…
Absolutely class Salim. The gutter mouth on Le Bouf and Dugarry says more about them than anything else.
Please let Marcelo know as a Leeds United fan I love the man (as I suspect the vast, vast majority of Leeds fan do to).
— Stephen Lewis (@vegansmithsfan) February 6, 2019
The way the media continues to treat Marcelo is absolutely appalling. A disgrace. I don’t think we have had a manager for many a year – decades even – who is as universally loved by Leeds fans as MB ???? (and we’re the ones who matter ????)
— Stephen Wrack (@stephenaw85) February 7, 2019
Brilliant Salim, no words ????#LUFC
— Prince of Leodis ???????? (@RavReehal) February 6, 2019
wouldn’t waste time on those meatheads salim, they couldn’t analyse a glass of water and they can’t hold a candle to Marcelo, he wouldn’t say a bad word against them unless he spent days of analysis, they speak before a thought has sprung
— Adonis Storr ???????? (@realrogues) February 6, 2019
Morning Salim, this might be a big statement but having Marcelo and all who’s he brought in at my club has resulted in the best football I’ve ever seen here. Bielsa is one of best things to ever happen to Leeds united and I’ve had a season ticket here a long time.
— Silky (@silkyjohn30) February 7, 2019
Go on Salim, shots fired. It was mentioned on there & begrudgingly accepted.
— paul warrick???????? (LUFC) (@paulwarrick3) February 7, 2019
The LUFC fan base absolutely adore Marcelo.. He has brought more to our club than we have seen in well over 10 years. He is a part of the family and will be forever remembered as a Legend and an honourable humble man
— Jayster???????? (@Jayster79) February 7, 2019
Failed pundits trying to stay relevant
— Luke (@luke_hill) February 6, 2019
Well done Salim. Maybe these boys should ask the real people, the fans of every club he has been to. His approach & love of the game but at the same time so humble helps connect football with the fans which is very rare there days
— ????????Paul Brace ???????????????? (@paulbrace66) February 7, 2019
We are truly blessed to have Marcelo as our Head coach #mot
— Sean Langley (@ControllerPhat) February 7, 2019
MOT the Messiah walks among us x
— Richard Riley (@Richard24483566) February 7, 2019
Ignore them Salim they are just ignorant and believe their own self importance. It just shows you must be doing something right if people are talking about you!!
— Adam Clarke ???????? (@AdamClarke19) February 7, 2019
The two of them embarrassed themselves with their comments – trying to make themselves relevant again
— Jonny Weare (@JonnyWeare) February 7, 2019