Leeds United captain Liam Cooper says there isn’t much difference between Elland Road manager Marcelo Bielsa and Scotland boss Steve Clarke.

Cooper will form part of the Scotland squad that heads to Euro 2020 this summer, coming off the back of a successful first season back in the English Premier League. When comparing the Leeds United and Scotland managers, Cooper says there are similarities to be found.

The Leeds United defender sees similarities in his two managers at international and domestic level.

The Leeds United defender sees similarities in his two managers at international and domestic level. (Photo by ANDY BUCHANAN/AFP via Getty Images)

The centre-back explained: “There’s not really much difference. They both have their ideas and ways they want to play. At Leeds we’re very man-for-man. Under Steve we have a formation and tactics that work for us, built up over the last series of games. They’re both demanding managers and bring out the best in you.

“They leave you to express yourself and it’s been great for me. When you’ve worked with Marcelo you can work with any manager. He is demanding, yeah, 100 per cent. But he has brought the best out in me and my team-mates at Leeds. He has taken my career to places I never thought was possible. I have a lot to thank him for.

 

“I have to thank Steve as well for showing a lot of faith in me and bringing me into the squad and letting me show what I can do. He lets us go and express ourselves, but at the same time he has that level of respect which all managers need to have I believe. He has been different class with me and he is different class with the group.”

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