January 26, 2022

Leeds: Bielsa, the slap that hurts – football

At the head of an attractive team from Leeds, Marcelo Bielsa is having a lot more trouble this season. The Argentine coach has also experienced the heaviest setback of his career on a bench against Manchester City (7-0), Tuesday in the Premier League.

Bielsa went through hell in the Etihad.

Marcelo Bielsa is not the type to stay with the clubs he runs. But Leeds, the Argentinian coach, decided to make the fun last. Indeed, he began his fourth season on the bench of the English team.

After two very good years in the Championship (with a league title in 2020), the former technician from the Albiceleste completed a very solid first season in the Premier League, with a 9th place in the key. An enthusiasm that now seems distant.

A shipwreck the Etihad

And for good reason, Leeds has been going through the last few complicated weeks. The Peacocks are in a disappointing 16th position and only post the 15th attack in the championship with only 14 goals scored in 17 days. The last was also terrible for the band at Loco, swept on the lawn of Manchester City (7-0) on Tuesday. A nightmarish evening for all levels for Illan Meslier’s partners.

Without their do-it-all man, Patrick Bamford, who fills the air, the Whites drank the Etihad cup from the first to the last minute. In the engagement, in the duels, technically, tactically, Leeds was pummeled. Faced with Pep Guardiola’s team, Bielsa’s game plan, which refuses to give up its principles, was suicidal. And it could have been much heavier if the Skyblues had been more killer.

Bielsa sonn

Usually prompt to give clear and precise explanations of his choices, the South American tactician, who suffered his biggest defeat in his career, seemed completely given. There is nothing positive to take away from our performance. I can’t find anything that can be valued. As is natural in these cases, it is not the individuals that fail, but the organization , Bielsa pointed out to journalists.

There is no justification I can offer, the game was exactly as we thought it was going to be. We got ready to avoid whatever happened, and we couldn’t get anything , continued the 66-year-old. Arsenal, Liverpool and Aston Villa, here is the copious menu which awaits Bielsa by the end of the year 2021. Anything but a Christmas present …

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