I thought I knew about football when I started working with Marcelo Bielsa.
But it took just two weeks alongside him to realise that there was a new world beyond, in which I could develop and learn.
My pilgrimage with Bielsa started in 1996, although the story goes back some years before then, when he was in charge at Newell’s Old Boys.
During that spell in Argentina, a friend of mine, Claudio Vivas, did some work for him – and he asked me to be involved too. At the time I was the physical trainer for Newell’s lower divisions, who were managed by Jorge Bernardo Griffa.
Then Marcelo went to Atlas in Mexico in 1993, and in 1994 he took Claudio with him. That was just the beginning because, two years later, one of the physical trainers in the lower divisions left. Marcelo, by then sporting director, asked who could replace him – and my name came up.