Thore Haugstad on Marcelo Bielsa:

When Bielsa studies footage, he can follow two games at once. He believes seemingly fluent aspects of the game have limited scope for variety. He says football has no more than twenty-nine systems, for instance, and that there are exactly eleven ways to approach the goal. There are exactly thirty-six types of passes—a short pass, a long pass, a one-two, a pass between the lines, etc. These variations form part of a matrix in which the number of patterns is finite. “I’m certain of that,” Bielsa says.

Bielsa really is crazy, in a wonderful way. ⚽️ 

Alan Jacobs @ayjay