PREMIER LEAGUE newcomers Leeds have a “love-hate” relationship with boss Marcelo Bielsa, according to Patrick Bamford.
The Championship winners will make their return to the English top-flight after 16 years away.
But the players’ relationship with the man who took them there appears to be topsy-turvy.
Striker Bamford revealed he loves Bielsa’s achievements at the club but sometimes his painstaking methods can annoy players.
He told LUTV: “It’s almost like a love-hate relationship because he pushes us so hard and I know as a group of lads we moan a lot.
“With the manager everyone says you don’t see that much of a personal side with him.
“We know, deep down he is getting the best out of us, he has improved us all as players and you can see the transformation he has done with the team.
“It was just the pure determination and willingness for him to achieve this goal with us and now you can see him relax.
“He’s such a loveable guy and me and the whole team owe so much to him.”
Former Chelsea man Bamford bagged 16 goals this season and reflected upon Leeds’ title-winning campaign.
He added: “Who would’ve thought we’d have ended up winning the league by 10 points in the end? It was so tight until the last couple of games.
“It means so much to everyone, the fans, staff and the whole club as a family has done the city proud.
“I don’t think we realise just how much we’ve achieved, there has been 16 years of heartache and we’ve managed to bring Premier League football back and until we retire from playing, I don’t think we’ll realise what kind of feat we’ve achieved here.
“I’m proud and I know the lads are proud, it has been a long season, but we deserve it.”