Tom Clegg for Back Page Football:
What is notable about each of these Bielsa highlights is that none of them involve actually winning anything; indeed, both 2012 finals with Athletic Bilbao ended in 3-0 defeats, and Brazil knocked Chile out of the 2010 World Cup by the same score-line. These are emphatic losses, suggesting it is not merely bad luck that is keeping Bielsa away from the major prizes.
There is an immense intensity to Bielsa, both in terms of his personality and in his style of play. It is hard to imagine he is an easy man to work with, whilst the high-pressing, attacking philosophy he demands from his players is extremely taxing both on the body and the mind; this means that to play in one of his sides requires an enormous level of physical and mental stamina which seemingly cannot be sustained for an entire season.