Barcelona legend Carles Puyol has reacted on Twitter to what Leeds United head coach Marcelo Bielsa said yesterday.
The former Barcelona and Spain international central defender seems to have endorsed what Bielsa said about the future of football.
What did Marcelo Bielsa say?
Leeds head coach Bielsa said in his press conference yesterday that football could become less attractive.
The Argentine coach suggested that too much football is being played without player-welfare being considered.
The Leeds boss added that there should be more investment at grassroots level and for ticket prices to be made cheaper.
Bielsa said, as quoted in The Yorkshire Evening Post: “Football is going to waste in such a way that every time it will become less attractive. What I notice is that football is less protected in its essence.
“The industry is taking the product and every time it interests less people. They have to look for spectators all over the world because one country is not enough, let alone one city.
“They justify it by saying that those in the spectacle earn a lot of money, which also has logic, because who are they supposed to pay? There are other paths, to play less, invest in the grassroots, create cheaper tickets.”
Carles Puyol agrees
Barcelona and Spain legend Puyol – who won the La Liga title six times, the Champions League thrice and the World Cup and the European Championship once each – seems to agree with Bielsa, as you can see below.
There is a lot of football played these days, especially by the top footballers in Europe.
That is great for the fans from an entertainment perspective, but we also need to maintain the quality.
If players are asked to play too many games, then their performance level will drop, and that is not going to be great for the ‘product’.
It is important that football authorities come up with a plan on how to make sure that the players are able to play to their best of his ability whenever they take to the pitch.