Bielsa takes over reins at Lille

Ligue 1 side Lille have expressed their delight after securing veteran Argentine Marcelo Bielsa as their new manager.

The 61-year-old penned a two-year contract with the club this week to replace interim boss Franck Passi, who has been at the helm since February.

Bielsa is looking forward to the challenge of helping Les Dogues climb further up the standings, after an 11th-placed finish this past season, and was pleased to find that their vision matches his own.

LOSC owner Gerard Lopez said at a news conference: "Marcelo Bielsa is the new coach of Lille.

We are extremely pleased to welcome Marcelo Bielsa, who is an integral part to the mentality of the project. We started with Marcelo's motions. Luis [Campos] has built a list of players that match these needs."

Bielsa added: "I am happy to be here, I feel an immense responsibility in relation to the task. I'm coming to Lille with great enthusiasm. The expectations placed on us are not small.

"We will try to attack as much as possible, defend well, and if possible in the opposition half, play the ball on the ground. Football is a little bit of industry and a lot of passion. I found it here, it fits my vision."

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