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Re: The Super(ish) Leeds United Thread
« Reply #750 on: May 16, 2019, 08:57:32 AM »
Surely Bielsa must get sacked for blowing automatic promotion and failing to address such a mentally weak group of players who ballsed up at home in the playoffs?

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« Reply #751 on: May 16, 2019, 09:00:12 AM »
As I survey the debris this morning, one of the things that is particularly galling is the kudos being given to Frank for his inspirational management. I'm convinced their victory was utterly dependent on the hari-kari committed by the Leeds defence rather than Frank's management. 


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Re: The Super(ish) Leeds United Thread
« Reply #752 on: May 16, 2019, 09:09:04 AM »
I'm guessing the Bamford for Ireland clamour is gone......

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« Reply #753 on: May 16, 2019, 09:17:39 AM »
Surely Bielsa must get sacked for blowing automatic promotion and failing to address such a mentally weak group of players who ballsed up at home in the playoffs?

Your post is, I assume, designed to get a reaction. Nevertheless I'll respond.

You are correct in one instance. The players are mentally weak and their collapse, following a catastrophic error, mirrored the collapse in the pivotal game against Wigan on Good Friday. Bielsa can only work with what he has and even the resources he had to work with were hugely undermined by a long injury list and a relatively small squad, the size of which was itself a product of Leeds' financial situation. 

Bielsa is a coaching genius. That explains why he managed to get so far with essentially the same group of players that had such a miserable season last year. Achieving promotion would have been the ultimate act of footballing alchemy. The reality is that mentally weak players will bottle big games - it is in their nature. That does not undermine Bielsa's genius - it only highlights the fact that he's not a magician.   



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Re: The Super(ish) Leeds United Thread
« Reply #754 on: May 16, 2019, 09:19:06 AM »
As I survey the debris this morning, one of the things that is particularly galling is the kudos being given to Frank for his inspirational management. I'm convinced their victory was utterly dependent on the hari-kari committed by the Leeds defence rather than Frank's management.


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Re: The Super(ish) Leeds United Thread
« Reply #755 on: May 16, 2019, 09:30:50 AM »
Surely Bielsa must get sacked for blowing automatic promotion and failing to address such a mentally weak group of players who ballsed up at home in the playoffs?

Your post is, I assume, designed to get a reaction. Nevertheless I'll respond.

You are correct in one instance. The players are mentally weak and their collapse, following a catastrophic error, mirrored the collapse in the pivotal game against Wigan on Good Friday. Bielsa can only work with what he has and even the resources he had to work with were hugely undermined by a long injury list and a relatively small squad, the size of which was itself a product of Leeds' financial situation. 

Bielsa is a coaching genius. That explains why he managed to get so far with essentially the same group of players that had such a miserable season last year. Achieving promotion would have been the ultimate act of footballing alchemy. The reality is that mentally weak players will bottle big games - it is in their nature. That does not undermine Bielsa's genius - it only highlights the fact that he's not a magician.
Spot on there Rufus. I hope he stays.
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Re: The Super(ish) Leeds United Thread
« Reply #756 on: May 16, 2019, 09:31:28 AM »
Bielsa could be in the EPL next season if not given a commitment from the Leeds board, an ovbiously very good manager just hands tied stuff from the Leeds board, this all coming from a very depressed co worker of mine who was venting this moring
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Re: The Super(ish) Leeds United Thread
« Reply #757 on: May 16, 2019, 09:41:37 AM »
Bielsa could be in the EPL next season if not given a commitment from the Leeds board, an ovbiously very good manager just hands tied stuff from the Leeds board, this all coming from a very depressed co worker of mine who was venting this moring

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Re: The Super(ish) Leeds United Thread
« Reply #758 on: May 16, 2019, 10:28:43 AM »
As I survey the debris this morning, one of the things that is particularly galling is the kudos being given to Frank for his inspirational management. I'm convinced their victory was utterly dependent on the hari-kari committed by the Leeds defence rather than Frank's management.

I'd agree with that. The brain fart from the keeper just before half time, was the turning point.  He almost repeated it a couple of minutes later.
As for Frank's management, going on the attack, when you need to score goals and win the game is hardly rocket science.

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Re: The Super(ish) Leeds United Thread
« Reply #759 on: May 16, 2019, 10:58:08 AM »
It's the usual very disappointing loss story. When a team loses like that a number of players malfunction. It's pro soccer so the club will have to buy some new players and build on what was achieved this year . Leeds were 13th last year .
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