Honours even at Elland Road

23 Aug 2021 07:50 am, by Ellandback1


Good Morning. It's Monday 23rd August, and here are the latest headlines from Elland Road...


Honours even at Elland Road

Leeds came from behind twice to grab a share of the spoils, at a packed out Elland Road on Saturday afternoon; against an inform Everton side. The Toffee's had ripped apart Southampton the previous week but were up against a Bielsa side with a lot more fight and guile than they had shown at Old Trafford.

Rafael Benítez's men took the lead on the half hour mark when Liam Cooper was penalised for trying to get into Dominic Calvert-Lewin's shirt with him in it. Once reviewed on VAR, the man in black had little choice but to point at the spot, and Calvert-Lewin duly obliged!

Leeds were level before half time. Bamford unselfishly squared the ball to Mateusz Klich who lifted it over the despairing dive of England shot stopper Jordan Pickford.

Five minutes into the second half, Everton retook the lead. Damarai Gray fired a shot into the corner of Meslier's net from an acute angle, and through the legs of Stuart Dallas. Cheered on by 38,000, Leeds were not to be denied. Phillips in swinging cross fell nicely for Cooper in the Everton penalty area. His pass back found Raphinha in space. The Brazilian's first time strike curled majestically into the corner of net to grab Leeds first point of the season!

Although Everton carved out more opportunities, Leeds will reflect back on the game that they should have won! They had 70 percent possession, three times as many passes as the Toffee's as well as superior passing.





Bielsa's post match interview




O'Brien deal unlikely to happen

Former Leeds favourite, now Soccer pundit David Norris believes the proposed transfer of Huddersfield Towns ace Lewis O'Brien has gone on too long, and is set for failure. Following their interest, the Terriers slapped a 10m price tag on their star asset. Leeds came back with several offers, but there still seems to be a way to go before the deal is concluded. Speaking in his pre match presser, Bielsa disclosed that it was unlikely that Leeds would be adding to the squad.

Norris was quoted as saying...

I think once it goes too far, there’s obviously an issue, so I can’t see that one happening now. I can’t see them paying £8m-£10m. Some teams attract players for a long period of time and eventually get a deal done, but this one seems like it’s not going to happen, it’s gone on too long.



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SaraM wrote on 23 Aug 2021 11:40 pm

faaip wrote: Mon Aug 23, 2021 4:05 pm He's probably autistic to some degree and I can identify with that. He thinks outside the box. He can stay as long as he wants for me.

I'm happy to disagree with him over Bamford over Rodrigo, not using the kids when needed and playing with the smallest first team squad he can but end of the day it's his call and he gets it right 75% of the time which is remarkable
I recognise that in him for his total honesty. There's no side to him at all. Yes, the obsession with detail etc, but the way he handles himself and the way he deals with others is very familiar to another person on the spectrum... in a good way.

1964white wrote on 23 Aug 2021 04:33 pm

Not many have LUTV on here?

mentalcase wrote on 23 Aug 2021 04:27 pm

Irish Ian wrote: Mon Aug 23, 2021 3:40 pm It is pretty obvious you carry some sort of resentment against a manager who has done more for this club than any of us ever dreamed of.
Can I ask you why you mention his nationality?
Something to do with the Falklands Ian.
Like ive said many times, I'm frustrated, very frustrated with some of his decisions, maybe they're not his decisions and things are beyond his control !
I'm more than happy with him at the helm, but I'm just voicing my frustrations / opinions.
As i've also said, be careful what we wish for.

weasel wrote on 23 Aug 2021 04:18 pm

WhiteRose wrote: Mon Aug 23, 2021 8:30 am Was just thinking the same, love to know whose favourite he was.

Just reading Connor Gallagher comments on why he chose palace:

“There has been a lot of tactical sessions – team-wise. I have not been here too long, but I have got the whole season to learn from him.”
“Obviously he was a top player back in the day and he is a top manager as well, so I am very excited to work with him this season.”

No doubting viera was a top player, couldn’t say with his career so far he is anywhere near being considered a top manager. Basically knew he would walk in to the first team from day one and didn’t fancy the effort required at Leeds.
Gallacher's decision reminds me of that winger who chose to go to Lampard's Derby (from Brentford) instead of coming to us so he could learn from Lampard. Not sure what he is doing now not heard anything about him for over 2 1/2 seasons.

faaip wrote on 23 Aug 2021 04:05 pm

SaraM wrote: Mon Aug 23, 2021 2:38 pm One thing Marcelo is not, is arrogant. Focused, determined, single minded maybe, but I don't believe for an instant that any of his decisions are based on thinking he's bigger than the club.
He's probably autistic to some degree and I can identify with that. He thinks outside the box. He can stay as long as he wants for me.

I'm happy to disagree with him over Bamford over Rodrigo, not using the kids when needed and playing with the smallest first team squad he can but end of the day it's his call and he gets it right 75% of the time which is remarkable