Hard earned victory moves Whites up to twelth

30 Nov 2020 08:54 am, by Ellandback1


Good Morning. It's Monday 30th November, and here the latest headlines from Elland Road...


Hard earned victory moves Whites up to 12th

A hard fought, though well deserved victory at Goodison Park on Saturday late afternoon moved Leeds away from the danger zone, and within three points of 5th place. Both teams carved out opportunities in the first half, but it was Everton who almost broke the deadlock first. A lapse in concentration by Cooper gave Davis an opportunity to tee up Doucouré beautifully, but France's U19 keeper denied the former French U21 midfielder from close range.

Harrison also went close early on. Raphinha's inch perfect pass across the box was struck narrowly wide from close distance. Minutes later Bamford went close. His scrambled shot only denied by the flailing leg of England shot stopper Jordan Pickford. Harrison went close again; his header only denied by the woodwork. Everton thought they had scored against the run of play, but VAR signalled that Rodriguez had stayed offside. The offside flag also denied Richarlison from putting the home side ahead before half time.

Even bearing this in mind, Leeds dominated for large periods, recording 13 shots before the break - the most in a Premier League half this season. Both teams continued to press in the second half, but it was a moment of magic from Raphinho that separated the sides. The Brazilian struck a thunderbolt from almost 35 yards out, which went between the legs of Ben Godfrey giving Pickford no chance. Although Lees had other chances from Ayling, Alioski and Costa, Pickford was at hand to thwart their efforts. With 58% possession and 23 shots at goal, no wonder Leeds are becoming known as being one of the most entertaining sides in the top flight.




Bielsa's post match reaction

Leeds gaffer Marcelo Bielsa reacts to Leeds first win in six attempts having beaten the toffee's at Goodison Parrk at the weekend...




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1964white wrote on 02 Dec 2020 02:45 pm

rab_rant wrote: Tue Dec 01, 2020 1:37 pm Very nice of you to say so.I was just trying to capture the euphoria that Leeds fans feel when the team plays well, and only wish that other clubs could experience the same... what a wonderful premiership we would have then. We are blessed.

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rab_rant wrote on 01 Dec 2020 01:37 pm

1964white wrote:
Wonderful post

I shall have text it to some of my Leeds pals & a couple of good mates who are Liverpool fans
Very nice of you to say so.I was just trying to capture the euphoria that Leeds fans feel when the team plays well, and only wish that other clubs could experience the same... what a wonderful premiership we would have then. We are blessed.

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1964white wrote on 01 Dec 2020 10:22 am

rab_rant wrote: Mon Nov 30, 2020 10:02 am I heard that Bielsa will be keeping Rodrigo on the bench in future games with a huge sign above his head and an arrow pointing downwards which says number one striker for Spain worth 30 million euros...

To the extreme consternation of most fans it appears that Bielsa has confidence in the team that he picks, and he might give Rodrigo a small cameo appearance near the end of games.

This classic Bielsa playbook is merely psychological, for the opposing manager must think to himself... shite what is this team like when they have Spain's first choice number 9 sitting on the bench.

It is I masterful tactic... pure genius. As the prophet once said "may the camels of your enemies forever run in circles." and as Confucius once remarked "Confusion is a game changer and often a winner"

This is why Harrison and Raphinha swap wings so often, and why Dallas drops into left back or right back when Alioski or Ayling bomb forwards from their alloted positions. This is why Bamford defends corners. This is why Poveda and Alioski snigger like naughty schoolboys because they have been let in on the secret of Bielsaball. They practice Ninja invisibility. They run unobserved, penetrating forbidden areas unseen, departing at will without leaving a trace. All of the team can hear the sound of one hand clapping. It is the Zen of the onion bag flapping. It is the knowledge that passes all understanding.

Bielsa treats the football pitch as a four dimensional chess board and has taught the players to make mesmerizing moves to the total confusion of the opposition. They are bedazzled by the beauty of it all.

It makes no sense to the pundits who totally fail to comprehend what is happening, and confine themselves to inane comments about burnout or the fact that Bielsa doesn't speak English.

If Bielsa spoke English the spell would be broken... the total ethos of Bielsaball is non-conformity and to break away from all the old conventions that have stultified English football for the past decade.

And the fans who have been fed conventional football for 16 years can't get their heads around what is happening, and can only offer anodyne solutions from a bygone footballing age, failing to realize that there has been a paradigm shift in footballing strategy, and much to the consternation of pundits and fans alike the beautiful game has changed forever.

Bielsaball has arrived and the premiership may never recover from it.

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Wonderful post

I shall have text it to some of my Leeds pals & a couple of good mates who are Liverpool fans

Carrick Dave wrote on 30 Nov 2020 11:13 pm

rab_rant wrote: Mon Nov 30, 2020 10:02 am I heard that Bielsa will be keeping Rodrigo on the bench in future games with a huge sign above his head and an arrow pointing downwards which says number one striker for Spain worth 30 million euros...

To the extreme consternation of most fans it appears that Bielsa has confidence in the team that he picks, and he might give Rodrigo a small cameo appearance near the end of games.

This classic Bielsa playbook is merely psychological, for the opposing manager must think to himself... shite what is this team like when they have Spain's first choice number 9 sitting on the bench.

It is I masterful tactic... pure genius. As the prophet once said "may the camels of your enemies forever run in circles." and as Confucius once remarked "Confusion is a game changer and often a winner"

This is why Harrison and Raphinha swap wings so often, and why Dallas drops into left back or right back when Alioski or Ayling bomb forwards from their alloted positions. This is why Bamford defends corners. This is why Poveda and Alioski snigger like naughty schoolboys because they have been let in on the secret of Bielsaball. They practice Ninja invisibility. They run unobserved, penetrating forbidden areas unseen, departing at will without leaving a trace. All of the team can hear the sound of one hand clapping. It is the Zen of the onion bag flapping. It is the knowledge that passes all understanding.

Bielsa treats the football pitch as a four dimensional chess board and has taught the players to make mesmerizing moves to the total confusion of the opposition. They are bedazzled by the beauty of it all.

It makes no sense to the pundits who totally fail to comprehend what is happening, and confine themselves to inane comments about burnout or the fact that Bielsa doesn't speak English.

If Bielsa spoke English the spell would be broken... the total ethos of Bielsaball is non-conformity and to break away from all the old conventions that have stultified English football for the past decade.

And the fans who have been fed conventional football for 16 years can't get their heads around what is happening, and can only offer anodyne solutions from a bygone footballing age, failing to realize that there has been a paradigm shift in footballing strategy, and much to the consternation of pundits and fans alike the beautiful game has changed forever.

Bielsaball has arrived and the premiership may never recover from it.

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Excellent Rab. :clap: :clap:

CHAPELALLMAN wrote on 30 Nov 2020 08:11 pm

faaip wrote: Mon Nov 30, 2020 12:27 pm Chelsea.... next. My godson and brother in law, aunt and my mates are all Chelsea fans...My guess is I'll get an invite to watch it with them, 60 inch TV in a cinema room, truly great food, beer.

Think I'll watch from home on a dodgy stream...
:lol: