Same team Same tactic - Same result

10 Feb 2020 09:09 am, by Ellandback1


Good Morning. It's Monday 10th February, and here are the latest headlines from Elland Road...


Same team - Same tactic - Same result

Leeds slipped to their fifth loss in 10 games ,(a time when Leeds were 11 points clear of the hunting pack) at the City Ground on Saturday teatime as Brentford, Nottingham Forest and Fulham all moved with striking range of the Whites. Yet again, although controlling 70% of Leeds possession, shots on target were difficult to come by. Out of 8 shots at goal, one was on target! Forest on the other hand recorded 6 shots on target from 14 attempts. Goals from former Bolton striker Sammy Ameobi and an injury time second to rub salt into the wounds from Tyler Walker (son of former England legend Des) saw Sabri Lamouchi's team move within a point of the Whites.

The form guide for the last 10 league matches now show Leeds in 22nd place, deep in the relegation zone. Will Bielsa continue to use exactly the same tactic and starting line up (minus Philips suspension) that he has used against Forest, Wigan, Millwall and QPR. Leeds are the only team in the Championship (probably the league) to have used only 14 players on five or more starting appearances.

The only other predictable statement was Bielsa taking responsibility for the loss (again).



When did things go wrong, and what has been done to put things right

Looking back to where things went wrong, you have to look at the Cardiff game where Leeds were 3 -0 up, and went on to draw. Since then, Bielsa's men have trailed at some stage in eight of their past nine Championship games. Surely its a lack of height? Not according to Bielsa! Following Leeds League Cup exit at the hands of Stoke, asked about whether he thought about changing his team to counter Stoke's aerial threat, Bielsa said...

The aerial game depends on the quality of the skills that the players who head the ball have from one team and the other team.

Do you agree that height has skill levels are more important than height when defending or attacking set pieces, we are equally as poor in both disciplines. Has enough been done on the training ground to strengthen our weaknesses?






Bielsa post Match Press Conference




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Mick Jones shoulder wrote on 10 Feb 2020 02:58 pm

Mick Jones shoulder wrote: Mon Feb 10, 2020 2:57 pm Yes correct, had to have microfracture knee surgery when on the books of a side when 16 , no one wants an injury but can be injury prone I.e myself. Luck of the draw.

Mick Jones shoulder wrote on 10 Feb 2020 02:57 pm

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faaip wrote on 10 Feb 2020 02:28 pm

Mick Jones shoulder wrote: Mon Feb 10, 2020 2:10 pm It may stick in Alot of people's throats but Forshaw has been the biggest miss. Imo
I agree, that mid three triangle dominated all other midfields imo..Injury is never welcome, no player wants to be injured and it's unfortunate they are. But not their fault. The line Forshaw is crap because he's never fit is false conclusion

I broke my leg playing football, ankles twice. Concussion once, Chipped the point of my elbow playing cricket. broke another ankle and twisted my knee so badly I was on crutches for 8 weeks. The latter also playing cricket. (The vagaries of playing cricket on public parks)

I also lost the use of my left arm for 18 months but that wasn't sport related, It did make me miss 2 seasons though.

weasel wrote on 10 Feb 2020 02:21 pm

SaraM wrote: Mon Feb 10, 2020 1:48 pm How so, when you've seen us tear teams apart? When it's working, no one does it better.

I don't get the, 'Bielsa outwitted by other managers' line, unless by 'outwitted' you just mean sticking ten lumps behind the ball.

We need our midfield back to its best imo, so Kalvin, Klich, Shackleton, Pablo, and unleash Ian!
Indeed. Most of these managers gampelans are to simply hope we keep missing chances and then hope that they get lucky when they have a chance. Unfortunately due to our substandard finishing, as a whole team, a lot of these managers have gotten a result when they really should have lost 3 or 4-0.

rrfierce wrote on 10 Feb 2020 02:15 pm

SaraM wrote: Mon Feb 10, 2020 1:48 pm How so, when you've seen us tear teams apart? When it's working, no one does it better.

I don't get the, 'Bielsa outwitted by other managers' line, unless by 'outwitted' you just mean sticking ten lumps behind the ball.

We need our midfield back to its best imo, so Kalvin, Klich, Shackleton, Pablo, and unleash Ian!
The problem is that we've not done that for a while now. The best and most successful managers adapt to the situations they are faced. Some managers even play different formations and players based on the opposition. Not just keep with the same 11 and expect to win with the same tactics.