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Steve Bruce full of compliments for Leeds boss
Steve Bruce praised Leeds boss Marcelo Bielsa for his impact at Elland Road as the sides prepare to face off on Friday.
Newcastle manager Bruce is preparing his side to take on Leeds at St James' Park tomorrow night in a televised match, with neither team having registered a win in the Premier League.
Leeds beat Newcastle twice in the league last season, and the Toon boss praised Bielsa for what he has achieved for the Whites in their return to top-flight football.
"He’s very well regarded, the manager," Bruce said to reporters during the pre-match press conference.
"His team, now, are probably the team that you want to watch. They’re different to everybody else. I’ve got nothing but respect for the guy who’s transformed Leeds.”
He added: “When I took Sheffield Wednesday there a few years ago now, I witnessed first-hand, if you like, the change at Leeds.
"I saw a group of players who had been in and around that league for a long time, no disrespect to them, and the impact of the manager on them. I haven’t seen an impact like that.
"Of course, I’ve seen big managers walk in, like Tuchel, Klopp and Pep at Man City, but I’ve never seen anything at that level, a difference quite like it.”
Bielsa guided the Whites back to the Premier League and managed to steer them to ninth place last season. Newcastle finished three points below the newcomers.
The Magpies player ratings were revealed in a live stream from the Premier League's official YouTube channel, and neither players seemed impressed.
When asked what he thought of his new rating, Saint-Maximin seemed relatively pleased at first, but after looking at his actual stats, the Frenchman seemed disappointed.
“It’s a nice card, yeah, it’s ok," said the winger. “Pace, Dribbling, shooting, not too good.”
Saint-Maximin was especially displeased with his pace and dribbling, two aspects of his game he's well known by.
He said: “94 [should be my pace]. Passing, I need more... I’m strong, so 61 [physical] is not too good.”
When Willock was asked about his card, he asked for better: “They need to upgrade that [dribbling], I think I’m at least an 80.”
He added: “72 shooting. It's crazy man. Yeah, [it should be] 80’s again.”
Willock then pledged to prove the ratings wrong: “FIFA, I'm disappointed in you, but I’m going to prove you wrong this season.”