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Re: The Super(ish) Leeds United Thread
« Reply #615 on: August 06, 2018, 06:42:04 AM »
What a great start to the season. Over 34,000 present and played the favourites for the title, off the pitch. Well worth the win and could have been more than just 3-1. Roofe got Man of the Match, but I thought Saiz was excellent in what was a great team effort. The style of football was lovely, but the one thing that struck me was how small a lot of the team looked compared to their opponents. A lot of the experts reckon we are likely to be undone going forward by lack of strength in depth, but all in all a great start.  8)
Lots of players look small compared to Shawcross and Crouch😜. Hope Leeds can do the business this season, would love to see them get promoted.

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« Reply #616 on: August 06, 2018, 08:51:01 AM »
WTF was that after match manager interview about?

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Yes, up there with as bizarre as you are likely to see. Question asked in English. Translator whispers the question in Spanish into Bielsa's ear. Bielsa whispers back his response to the question, in Spanish. Translator then whispers back the translation of his response in English (which is audible) and then Bielsa attempts - with little success - to repeat what he has just heard.

Apparently Bielsa was determined to provide the answers himself but it makes for comic / painful viewing.


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Re: The Super(ish) Leeds United Thread
« Reply #617 on: August 06, 2018, 09:46:28 AM »
WTF was that after match manager interview about?

 ;D

Yes, up there with as bizarre as you are likely to see. Question asked in English. Translator whispers the question in Spanish into Bielsa's ear. Bielsa whispers back his response to the question, in Spanish. Translator then whispers back the translation of his response in English (which is audible) and then Bielsa attempts - with little success - to repeat what he has just heard.

Apparently Bielsa was determined to provide the answers himself but it makes for comic / painful viewing.

Like something out of a Marx brothers film😂

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« Reply #618 on: August 06, 2018, 11:54:11 AM »
Bielsa is anything but a caricature.
The Leeds players had best be prepared to give their upmost in each game and then some more. Bielsa's Athletic Bilbao against Man U in the Europa league was a masterclass, wonderful football,  the high press, close marking, quick counterattack, rapid  change of pace, it just demands an extraordinary physical and mental effort form the players. His Chile team with a young Sanchez were a refreshing sight to see at the 2010 World Cup, quick one twos and the counterattack was on, all players press forward the Chilean fans going ape, then all rush back when the ball was lost.. 

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Re: The Super(ish) Leeds United Thread
« Reply #620 on: August 21, 2018, 10:43:13 PM »
Will take a point. In contrast to other games, started off very slowly and were on the back foot for a lot of the game. Were behind twice but showed a bit of character to equalise each time. Think Cooper was a big loss. Bielsa showed he's not afraid to make a change. Philips taken off early and Roofe subbed after scoring. Bamford did well when he came on. Also like the look of young Shackleton.


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« Reply #621 on: August 22, 2018, 01:21:49 PM »
Will take a point. In contrast to other games, started off very slowly and were on the back foot for a lot of the game. Were behind twice but showed a bit of character to equalise each time. Think Cooper was a big loss. Bielsa showed he's not afraid to make a change. Philips taken off early and Roofe subbed after scoring. Bamford did well when he came on. Also like the look of young Shackleton.

I'd have been happy with a point at Swansea before the game started.  I like the cut of Potter's jib also. 
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Re: The Super(ish) Leeds United Thread
« Reply #623 on: September 14, 2018, 10:05:22 AM »
https://www.irishtimes.com/sport/soccer/english-soccer/blow-for-leeds-united-as-in-form-roofe-suffers-knee-injury-1.3628448

I sincerely hope that is not serious given that we have lost Bamford to injury for 4 months. I felt the small nature of the squad might ultimately be our undoing in the longer term, but it shows how things can turn quickly.


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« Reply #624 on: September 14, 2018, 02:22:34 PM »
Bielsa is plainly an outstanding coach who has improved a range of underachieving Leeds players beyond recognition.  Part of his philosophy for the club involves maintaining a totally committed but relatively small squad, and the present spate of injuries is going to seriously test his approach during a difficult trip to Millwall. He has been very unlucky to lose key men like Bamford, Roofe, Hernandez and Berardi in such quick succession, and his unbeaten league run will be under considerable threat. However, whatever happens tomorrow, the club is probably in its best shape since relegation from the premiership in 2004. We also know that it is never easy being a Leeds fan and more twists and turns can be expected for the rest of the season.

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« Reply #625 on: September 14, 2018, 05:40:24 PM »
Bielsa is plainly an outstanding coach who has improved a range of underachieving Leeds players beyond recognition.  Part of his philosophy for the club involves maintaining a totally committed but relatively small squad, and the present spate of injuries is going to seriously test his approach during a difficult trip to Millwall. He has been very unlucky to lose key men like Bamford, Roofe, Hernandez and Berardi in such quick succession, and his unbeaten league run will be under considerable threat. However, whatever happens tomorrow, the club is probably in its best shape since relegation from the premiership in 2004. We also know that it is never easy being a Leeds fan and more twists and turns can be expected for the rest of the season.
Far too early to say this, last year I was at the burton 5-1 thrashing when we went 6W 2D 0L start and completely capitulate thereafter starting at Millwall away. Ironic that we play them on Saturday.

Losing Hernandez, Roofe and Bamford are huge, our creativity and finishing massively weakened. Cant see us scoring without them tbh. We are trouble I feel.

People need to remember Bielsa had 3 training sessions per day in preseason so we had a massive fitness advantage so far, that will even out soon and I seen signs of struggle against preston and Boro.
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« Reply #626 on: September 14, 2018, 09:55:04 PM »
Christiansen certainly had an excellent start last season but it only took a few games for opposing managers to work out that Leeds had a keeper who could not deal with crosses, a midfield which was incredibly lightweight and a forward line in which Lasogga could finish but refused to run and Ekuban was exactly the opposite.

Bielsa is in a different league as a coach, and has his squad playing somewhere close to the top of their ability. Grayson was probably the only other Leeds manager in the last 15 years who really made a sustained impact, and, unless the injuries get totally out of hand, there is every prospect that Bielsa will have a serious rattle at promotion.

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Re: The Super(ish) Leeds United Thread
« Reply #627 on: September 14, 2018, 10:05:34 PM »
Christiansen certainly had an excellent start last season but it only took a few games for opposing managers to work out that Leeds had a keeper who could not deal with crosses, a midfield which was incredibly lightweight and a forward line in which Lasogga could finish but refused to run and Ekuban was exactly the opposite.

Bielsa is in a different league as a coach, and has his squad playing somewhere close to the top of their ability. Grayson was probably the only other Leeds manager in the last 15 years who really made a sustained impact, and, unless the injuries get totally out of hand, there is every prospect that Bielsa will have a serious rattle at promotion.
I still think its too early to judge and imo I hold Bielsa partly responsible for how wafer thin our squad is, Christiansen and Orta went too far with 2 players for every position but Bielsa I feel has gone too far with our numbers especially given how far he pushes players.

If we draw or beat Millwall then I'll take some notice but honestly I'm expecting us to get battered out the gate. Hope your right btw :D.
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Re: The Super(ish) Leeds United Thread
« Reply #628 on: September 14, 2018, 11:11:02 PM »
Bielsa can only be properly judged at the end of the season but the indications are strongly positive at this stage. Leeds have had a tough series of early fixtures and are definitely ahead of schedule. Millwall is going to be a huge test and a point would be a big result in the circumstances.

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Re: The Super(ish) Leeds United Thread
« Reply #629 on: September 15, 2018, 05:09:57 PM »
A point was duly delivered through a dramatic 90th minute equaliser from Harrison, although Millwall then hit the post and had one kicked off the line in injury time. Bielsa had words with his Millwall counterpart as it all got a bit tasty along the way and it has to go down as an excellent result which keeps Leeds top of the league. We have drawn three of our last four games, which has allowed the chasing pack to narrow the gap in a very tight division, but we are still unbeaten and Bielsa's use of his subs made all the difference.