onemoreslogan wrote: ↑Thu Feb 13, 2020 3:09 pmI think the reason Bielsa is so loyal to his players, why he sticks with them despite poor performances, is because he is trying to foster a team bond among the starters. That, for better or worse, they are all in it together and they are accountable to one another. It may strike some as naive, or idealistic, but that is the kind of man he appears to be and there is something to be said for a team that plays for each other, even if it is a throwback in this cynical age we live in.
If he were more mercenary and clinical then yes, he would drop Bamford or Casilla or anyone when they struggle. But that approach signals to the rest of the team that their place among the starters is insecure, and can encourage finger-pointing and blaming among the players when a mistake is made on the pitch which in turn leads to infighting and resentment.
So while it may appear mad to us that Bielsa tolerates poor showings like Casilla's seemingly without consequence, I suspect there is method involved.
Whether one agrees with this approach is a matter of opinion. Personally, I appreciate it and I very much hope Bielsa will be vindicated by season's end.
I appreciate what you are saying about his methods and maybe it is correct but in my opinion it goes against how people behave. Players should believe that their place is insecure, they should be fighting to perform for their place week in week out, if your assured a place then psychologically you are bound to lose that motivation. It will also de motivate those on the sidelines who are busting a gut in training to get in the side yet it be seemingly impossible to force under performing members of the team out. The other players must be fuming that casilla is still in the team, sure everyone makes mistakes and he has been good for us early this season but you can easily point to 4 games since christmas where a mistake from him has put us a goal down and ended up costing us vital points - in my opinion players who show a continued loss of form should be taken out of the team for a bit for their own good. hoping to Play yourself back to form just costs the team too dear as has been proven.