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Thought it would be nice to keep track and translate if possible the various foreign articles written about us from around the world.
This is a Brazilian journalists blog.
Months later, he proves that the trick of "playing well and losing finals" may be lagging behind. Leeds are the leaders of the Championship and play as well as previous work, such as Athletic Bilbao or Argentina in 2004. The difference is in what the English second half shows: it is not enough to only press loudly or have the ball always. You have to adapt to concepts and opponents closed and ready to take the ball off the ground and turn the game into a pitched battle. Bielsa does not surrender: her Leeds wants the ball, treats her well and thinks the game from her. But it is more physical and strong than other teams to suit the war that is a second division.
Always take initiative, the Leeds motto
Perhaps the great contribution of Bielsa to Leeds is the transformation of the team into an initiative. What does that mean? That the posture is always like the image below: attack-oriented. Using a feature common to coaches of this school, such as Guardiola and Sarri, the ball out of Leeds begins with Peacock-Farrell, the goalkeeper, playing with his feet and at least three pass options: the steering wheel Philips back and forth. Defensers approach: it is the exit of three.
Or would it be a 4 out? The goalkeeper's actions can no longer be divided from the line players. Here is a contribution of Bielsa to the current football, which Peacock-Farrell does with precision: he receives the pass with his foot directed to turn the direction of the ball and already connect to the defenders and the steering wheel Philips, that as in the image above, formed this tripod. This mechanism is not only thought to keep the team with the ball, but also to call more opponents to the field itself and rearguard the rear. A duel of spaces.
At the front, take advantage of empty spaces and deal with the line of impediment
Technicians like Guardiola and Bielsa want a team that reaches 80% possession, but it is a lie to say that it is "at any cost". It needs to be well touched, you need to have a plan to get it to the attack so that the finish and goal come out naturally. Leeds is a very vertical team with the ball: it leaves behind, arrives in the middle and accelerates. No backsliding or on the side: the orientation, even in the moments where the game becomes calmer, is to look for more Roofe pivot or infiltrations. Look at the image below as Forshaw and Hernandez, those closest to Klich (the player with the ball), run in the empty spaces and try to receive the pass ahead. Hernandez sees Wigan set up his line of defense and attacks the back, just to take advantage of the offside and leave in the face of the goal.
Of course there are moments where the game calms down. And where the long ball in Roofe becomes only exit opposite a Reading of life. But there is a greater intelligence than the average of the teams in the second: a search for intensity and agility with the ball in the feet, obeying the idea of so evident protagonism of the technician.
Steal the ball after losing it: a priority
Loses-presses, pressing, "steals soon by ***", post-loss pressure. The name is varied, but the concept is one: after the team steals the ball, those who are closest must approach, shorten and press as much as possible the player of the other team that has the ball. See that it is a game very governed by where and with whom the ball is. And Leeds seem to have understood the proposal well and suffocates the opponent, always pushing it aside: there, the chance of the ball going out and the dying move is greater than an opponent with an open field on the inside. See below for how Leeds stifles a counterattack after a corner.
The divided leadership of the Championship, as well as the various games of invincibility at the beginning of the tournament already give Bielsa the status of idol and mentor of the fans. He himself collaborates, reducing the image of eccentric that cost him the position in the resounding failure in Lille and understanding that English football is not for amateurs. And certainly Bielsa is not one.
Very true Leon.1964white wrote:
Something Revie created 50 years ago
I like the way someone referred to Phillips as the "Steering wheel".
Definitely a better TEAM now - we hope it results in promotion but it'll be touch and go.
The few times I've seen Cooper this season he appears to have more direction.
I'll credit faaip - it's always the coach!