Bore of the roses ends in stalemate

26 Apr 2021 07:49 am, by Ellandback1


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Bore of the roses ends in stalemate

Manchester Utd's first visit to Elland Road for 11 years failed to live up to expectations in a game that was littered with mistakes from both sides. On a plus side, Leeds were able to thwart the Reds advancing at will as they did at Old Trafford four months ago. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer made one change to their team that beat Burnley 3-1, with Daniel James in for Paul Pogba. Leeds were unchanged from their 1-1 draw with Liverpool, with Raphinha and Rodrigo sidelined. It may have been a different story had these players been available for the Whites!

The Reds dominated many of the statistics, but lacked a finishing product, due mainly to the back four. Llorente in particular stood out. The Spaniard made won four duals and made nine recoveries in the first half alone. Struijk too looked like a season pro with had many years under his belt. Leeds were unlucky not to get a spot kick early on, after Luke Shaw handled in the area. Astonishingly VAR checked the event and ruled in favour of the left back. He was probably saved as his arm was in a natural position. Late on in the first half Rashford had a free kick that Meslier had to be alert to, and tip over the crossbar. Apart from that the French shot stopper only had routine saves to make.

The visitors started the second half brightly, but woeful finishing and good defending let them down. Helder Costa's deflected piledriver landed on top of the net, when it looked like it may it may separate the two sides. Pogba, Cavani and De Beek were bought on by the visitors but Leeds held firm. I'm sure if we were asked if we would settle for a 0-0 against the Reds twelve months ago, many of us would have taken it. It may have been a different story had Rodrigo and Raphinha had been available for the Whites!





Bielsa has silenced critics - Wright

Ian Wright has suggested that Bielsa has silenced critics who doubted whether he would be able to make the Whites harder to break down, after their defensive display against Manchester Utd yesterday. Speaking on Match of the Day 2, the the former England and Arsenal legend said...

I think it’s a bit disrespectful saying he’s one-dimensional, he won’t adapt because what we saw today was them adapting, Kalvin Phillips, Diego Llorente and Pascal Struijk today were fantastic. They tracked the space rather than the men today, and they did it very, very well. Man United didn’t have any answers for them, they snuffed them out everywhere.




Orta was wrong to sign Rodrigo - Whelan

Pundit Noel Whelan has suggested that Victor Orta was wrong to have signed Rodrigo last summer. The former Leeds striker, who now works for BBC Radio Leeds, said that he would have preferred to bring in a younger player! Leeds paid Valencia £26m for the Spanish International. The 30-year-old has made 12 starts and nine substitute appearances this term scoring three goals and providing one assist. He has also been hampered by a series of injuries that have not helped.

I did think it was a lot of money to pay for a 29-year-old. When you think about longevity, what you are going to get out of a player, one season has already gone by. For the money we have spent, I would have much preferred to have spent that money on a player that’s 23, 24, coming into his prime.



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Smudge3920 wrote on 27 Apr 2021 02:23 pm

rab_rant wrote: Tue Apr 27, 2021 2:06 pm analysis of Leeds playing style.

https://youtu.be/lAaRDWgbCSY


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Excellent vid and explanation

rab_rant wrote on 27 Apr 2021 02:06 pm

analysis of Leeds playing style.

https://youtu.be/lAaRDWgbCSY


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1964white wrote on 27 Apr 2021 08:23 am

White Riot wrote: Tue Apr 27, 2021 6:15 am Bielsa has adapted his strategies so that we're now able to compete with dangerous sides without giving away daft goals and points.

This is a sign of the future for me, in that when we're competing in Europe we'll need to be tight defensively when we play away against the top sides.

He's knitted our defence together very well. To the extent that we negated a potent attacking force. Fernandes has been brilliant this season, but hardly got a kick due to the tenacity and skill of Kalvin.

If we maintain this defensive platform then we're well on the way to competing with the top sides. We still desperately need a left back and a playmaker.

Noel Whelan should stick to what he's good at, shouting geeetttt innn when Leeds score.

If we can keep Rodders injury free and get a full season out of him I believe that he'll show his quality. Lots of foreign players struggle in their first season in England, even without injuries. I don't think he's become a bad player/signing overnight, and he'll prove this next season.
Great post WR

Building from the back & being defensively sound is the key to success :tup:

White Riot wrote on 27 Apr 2021 06:15 am

Bielsa has adapted his strategies so that we're now able to compete with dangerous sides without giving away daft goals and points.

This is a sign of the future for me, in that when we're competing in Europe we'll need to be tight defensively when we play away against the top sides.

He's knitted our defence together very well. To the extent that we negated a potent attacking force. Fernandes has been brilliant this season, but hardly got a kick due to the tenacity and skill of Kalvin.

If we maintain this defensive platform then we're well on the way to competing with the top sides. We still desperately need a left back and a playmaker.

Noel Whelan should stick to what he's good at, shouting geeetttt innn when Leeds score.

If we can keep Rodders injury free and get a full season out of him I believe that he'll show his quality. Lots of foreign players struggle in their first season in England, even without injuries. I don't think he's become a bad player/signing overnight, and he'll prove this next season.

weasel wrote on 26 Apr 2021 11:11 pm

Some excellent points. For the main part Bielsa produced defensive masterclasses all last season and if we'd been more clinical we'd have had 100+ points and absolutely romped to the title. All the talk about defensive frailities in the media conveniently ignored the fact we'd lost White and then had non stop injuries. The media had a narrative and that was to almost ridicule Bielsa.

To hear Whelan speak is to suggest no 24 year olds get injured. Seth Johnson was 20 when he signed for us so there is no guarantee with any signing staying injury free. Llorente had been injury prone prior to signing for us (and for us) but if he stays injury free we have a bargain. Every signing has a risk of getting injured but to write someone off jsust because injury has robbed them of a chance to show their closs is plain silly.