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Marcelo Bielsa and Leeds United so far this season

Marcelo Bielsa and Leeds United so far this season

A Short Analytical view of Marcelo Bielsa and Leeds United so far this season after their last win vs Man City  and draws vs Liverpool and Man United

Marcelo Bielsa an interesting man. And the Spurs job could actually suit him. Even though I don’t think he would go if they offered to treble his salary. I think Bielsa has his visions and Leeds fit that nicely. Perhaps he enjoys not having those pressures. Has never really had a job at one of the biggest clubs, despite his reputation.

A lot of people were dismissive of the praise Marcelo Bielsa got, of the excitement of having him in the Premier League. Many believed it wouldn’t translate, they wouldn’t be able to run their hearts out and play their way, not this season. I’m pleased with how wrong those people were.
As I’ve said before, the best thing about the Leeds United project is it should really only get better. For a team, any team but especially this team [Leeds United], to come up and cement their place this season is a big achievement. A great platform now to build on.
Get the loud lot back in Elland Road, further strengthen the squad, work with a real pre-season, continue buying into the philosophies of a great head coach who is clearly adored; I don’t see why Leeds can’t push to challenge for European places next season. It’s an exciting time there.
Leeds United are probably my team of the season and Marcelo Bielsa or Moyes/Brendan Rodgers (if he keeps Leicester in 3rd) might be manager of the year. Sensational first year back under such difficult circumstances for Leeds United.
It really never occurs to me how “poor” that side is on paper because how good they have been is mind blowing. It has been the most enjoyable mid table finish I have ever experienced in PL, quite beautiful.

Criticism of Bielsa’s defensive coaching?

Criticism of Bielsa’s defensive coaching early in the season ignored context that his summer CB buys, Koch and Llorente, were injured. Leeds have been solid defensively with Llorente back, conceding 2 goals and unbeaten vs Chelsea, Man City, Liverpool and Man Utd. His coaching wasn’t the issue

Personnel is a big factor for that defensive stability too. You can be safe in the knowledge to defend deeper when you have a leader and organiser like Llorente at the back. Liverpool’s season won’t be the same with Virgil. Defenders with authority always bring confidence to the team. Ruben Dias, S.Ramos, Marquinhos etc

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