Leeds scrap to victory as injury toll mounts

28 Dec 2020 08:38 am, by Ellandback1


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Leeds scrap to victory as injury toll mounts

Marcelo Bielsa patched up a makeshift back three of Luke Ayling, Kalvin Phillips and Pascal Struijk for the visit of the Clarets at Elland Road yesterday lunchtime. The reason became abundantly clear when the Argentine revealed his squad, only to find that Diego Llorente was missing. It turns out a day into first team training, the Spanish International suffered a setback which will sideline the 27 year old at least until the end of this year. According to Bielsa in his post match press conference "He had a setback on Wednesday and from there he hasn't evolved" . I wish he'd evolve into a fit centre back!

When you put square pegs into round holes, there are repercussions. For all his efforts, Dallas was unable to have anything like the impact that Ayling's normally enjoys down the flank. Also, Klich's performance was woeful. Was this because with Phillips sitting further back in the defence, missing from his anchor role, Klich had more ground to cover on his own?



Let's have a look at some of the contentious moments of the game!


Leeds penalty

Ayling delivered a peach not think that is a stonewall penalty? of a ball from the left hand side of the half way line for Bamford to run on to, slicing the Claret's defence open! Pope tries to spread himself, and Bamford is tripped by Pope's outspread leg. Does anyone (apart from Dyche) not think that is a stonewall penalty? The Burnley Manager believes the referee should have taken his time over the decision, and by doing so involved VAR. Agree?


Mee collides with Meslier. Equaliser chalked off.

How many times will the referee side with the goal keeper over the challenging player, 9/10? Surely, that's all that happened? Do you think Leeds were lucky to have the goal chalked off?

Call me bias, but when you look at both teams on paper, the Leeds team looks far superior! Why was it then, that Burnley were all over us in the second half, leaving us clinging onto the victory by our finger nails. They changed their tactics, and cut off the supply route to Raphinha. Apart from Hernandes' surging run resulting in a fine save by Pope, Leeds were constantly on the back foot. Was it more luck than judgement that Burnley did not draw level? For all of Bielsa's qualities, would you say tactics and substitutions were his particular forte?





Post Match analysis


Leeds boss Marcelo Bielsa



Clarets Manager Sean Dyche



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John in Louisiana wrote on 29 Dec 2020 04:35 pm

BobHirst wrote: Mon Dec 28, 2020 4:48 pm A few games ago I posted that Messi needs to be told to leave his line and help his defenders with the high balls in the box. It might take him a while to get proficient at it but it is really going to take some pressure off the defenders.
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Irish Ian wrote on 28 Dec 2020 09:14 pm

Smudge3920 wrote: Mon Dec 28, 2020 6:55 pm ok one example what about the times Bamford is in position and let down?... very subjective discussion point.. we play a free flowing style, which more often than not equates to changes from the norm...more imperitave a player remembers whats being asked of him at that time
As I said one example but he finds it easier finding space when the ball is deeper and he is onl the shoulder of the last defender than when it is wide. Been the case since he signed. As we like wing play it leads to hopeful crosses rather than purposeful ones.

Just saying what I see.

But with Rod around and him having a full season under Bielsa he is improving

CHAPELALLMAN wrote on 28 Dec 2020 07:50 pm

Irish Ian wrote: Mon Dec 28, 2020 6:44 pm Dunno if this helps but yesterday there was a move which Rod who was central knocked it out wide to Jack who was then able to ping it back to Rod who had stolen into the box. Ok headed over in that time but in many games Harrison hasn't been able to cross early because Bamfords positioning means he isn't in a threatening position or he is too closely marked. We then have the ball recycled and the usual happens.
Playing a false no 9 helps with that issue. Not sure if Rodrigo is a false no 9 or a no 10 though...Maybe both.

Smudge3920 wrote on 28 Dec 2020 07:16 pm

too closely marked.
More often than not...as the opposition realise how dangerous he is...in a crowded box getting the ball across is the most important job a winger has, behind or in front of a defender, the ball has to come across, thats where it has fallen down a lot IMO.

faaip wrote on 28 Dec 2020 07:07 pm

Irish Ian wrote: Mon Dec 28, 2020 6:44 pm Dunno if this helps but yesterday there was a move which Rod who was central knocked it out wide to Jack who was then able to ping it back to Rod who had stolen into the box. Ok headed over in that time but in many games Harrison hasn't been able to cross early because Bamfords positioning means he isn't in a threatening position or he is too closely marked. We then have the ball recycled and the usual happens.
Bamford's off ball movement for wingers seems to be moving behind a defender or a last second change of direction as the winger is about to cross....Stop watching our wingers when they're in good position and watch Paddy. Against Burnley Raphinha was in excellent position and Paddy steps behind the defender, it's just not good forward play imo and he does it a lot, he should either be peeling away a little earlier or trying to get in front of the defender. (Which is how we concede a lot) .

Klich also had to pull out of three crosses in a game recently due to Paddy either tucking himself behind a defender or changing direction and subsequently losing the ball which leads to us thinking he's out of form.

Bamford ball at feet is excellent, I've always said that, assuming he gets it under control first. His first touch is very poor for the most part. Also decent running onto a through ball from a central source ...I'd imagine for wingers he's almost invisible in the box and unpredictable in that you never know where he's going to move too


We've had Costa, Harrison, Poveda, Hernandez Raohinha , Alio, Douglas etc over the last two seasons or so and we constantly bemoan about their crossing being poor....They've been good crossers for other clubs so what could be the issue?