"I had them all. I was lucky. Extraordinary Argentine coaches," said Abel Balbo of the different moments with Carlos Salvador Bilardo, César Luis Menotti and Marcelo Bielsa. In dialogue with TNT Sports he observed that "everyone did something very important in their career and accomplished extraordinary things. At the national level, some and others in their teams."
The beginnings with Marcelo Bielsa in his time at Newell's youth clubs after that event in the Rosario club when Jorge Griffa signed him after seeing him for a few minutes: "I was coordinator Griffa, with a spectacular vision to see the future player. In 15 minutes that I had not played very well, they took me out and sent me to the rostrum to talk to Jorge. 'Pichón, you are a Newell's player. On Tuesday, introduce yourself and ask for a certain Marcelo Bielsa '". Some years later César Menotti directed it in River and Carlos Bilardo in the Argentina National Team .
His vision ahead of the time for his training stands out from all of them. "Bielsa brought us broomsticks to training in inferiors at Newell’s. At that time we were saying what this is, then we understood that he was doing us a great favor. He copied a lot of Dutch method in those years and prepared us for a football with the characteristics of the European. Later Menotti and Bilardo finished adapting me so that I would not have any problems when I came to Italian football, ”recalled Abel Balbo.
Abel Balbo and his relationship with Bilardo, Menotti and Bielsa