Raphinha saves the day for Leeds

01 Nov 2021 08:50 am, by Ellandback1


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Raphinha saves the day for Leeds

Leeds and Norwich all but cancelled each other out during a tense encounter at Carrow Road yesterday afternoon. Fortunately for the visitors, glimpses of individual Brazilian magic spared their blushes as they clawed their way to a narrow 2-1 win, and out of the drop zone.

Although the hosts had the better openings in the first half, they were not good enough to exploit Leeds frailties. Dan James had the best opportunity of the half to break the deadlock. Dallas threaded the ball to the Welsh International as he was advancing on goal. He rounded Tim Krul, and side footed his effort between the sticks. Sadly, his effort was cleared off the line.

The Whites opened the scoring ten minutes into the second half. James' cross found Raphinha deep on the right wing, after good work from Struijk. The Brazilian wizard weaved his way through the Canaries defence before slotting the ball under the helpless Norwich shot stopper.

Their slender lead would last all of two minutes. An uncustomary misplaced pass from Meslier went out for a corner. Republic of Ireland teenager Andrew Omobamidele was unmarked as the cross came in, and guided the ball past the French International to gain his first senior goal for his club.

Leeds reply was almost instantaneous. Rodrigo's long-range curling shot beat Krul at his far post, when he should have done a lot better. The Whites had chances to increase their lead as Norwich's resistance crumbled towards the latter stages.





Playing Bamford would have made little difference

During his pre match presser on Friday, Marcelo Bielsa gave Leeds fans a very blunt and damning reality check when asked how much Patrick Bamford's absence has impacted his attack this season. The 66 year old played down Bamford's influence due to poor distribution to the Leeds forward.

The lack of potential assists was plain to see yesterday, as our Brazilian duo had to carve out their own opportunities in front of goal. If they can't create clear-cut assists against a team with the lowest points total, and worst aggregate in the entire league, what hope do they have in the next ten games? According to Bielsa...

I always try to give conclusions upon reflection. We've clearly lowered the number of dangerous chances we've created. Of course if Bamford was here his presence would be valued, but the fact we haven't created so many chances is not linked solely to Bamford.




Does Raph have faith in his teammates?

There were several times in the game when players got themselves into good positions in the Norwich penalty area, but Raphinha decided to go it alone, even from impossible situations. Does he have faith in his Leeds teammates?




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whiteswan wrote on 01 Nov 2021 05:18 pm

mentalcase wrote: Mon Nov 01, 2021 4:59 pm Amen to that :tup:
:)

mentalcase wrote on 01 Nov 2021 04:59 pm

whiteswan wrote: Mon Nov 01, 2021 4:26 pm I don't think anyone would behappy to be involved in a relegation scrap. Some fans knee-jerk, some stay calm, some think it will get better, some think our players are crap, some think our players are brill, some think we're already relegated, some blame injuries. But whatever we think right now, we all want the same thing ultimately, and that's success for our beloved club.
Amen to that :tup:

whiteswan wrote on 01 Nov 2021 04:26 pm

mentalcase wrote: Mon Nov 01, 2021 12:08 pm No doubt your'e all happy with being in a relegation scrap, no doubt you'll stand by them because they brought us up, no doubt you'll stand by them if we go down.
Resting on your laurels won't keep us up.
Same folk who stood by costa, same as roberts, both will be bombed out.
I don't think anyone would behappy to be involved in a relegation scrap. Some fans knee-jerk, some stay calm, some think it will get better, some think our players are crap, some think our players are brill, some think we're already relegated, some blame injuries. But whatever we think right now, we all want the same thing ultimately, and that's success for our beloved club.

Ellandback1 wrote on 01 Nov 2021 04:08 pm

Cjay wrote: Mon Nov 01, 2021 2:51 pm Bamford wouldn't make much difference i agree with Bielsa.

Bamford's finishing isnt great lets be honest, nobody even him would say that finishing is his greatest strength, he isnt a natural goalscorer.

Bamford shines when we create lots of chances as we did last season, in a side failing to create much he would be struggling and probably be getting a ton of stick.

Midfield is the issue or lack there of and the lack of creativity in the team (2 quality cms would have sorted that, who knew).

Does Raph have faith in his teammates?

Errrrrm i am sure he knows he is twice the player talent wise of most of them

Lets be honest just over 2 weeks ago he was playing with Neymar, Vicinius Junior, Gabriel Jesus, Lucas Paqueta etc, now its James, Harrison, Roberts and Dallas, Raph will absolutely be able to tell the difference on the pitch.

He seems a very respectful lad and will have built friendships so he would never say anything i am sure (the players i think Cooper said after the Cahill destruction that Raph has to much respect for his teammates than to make them look daft in training) but he will also know as we all do that he is the best player by a distance and is more often than not better going it alone than passing.
I think what Bielsa was saying is that Bamford was getting starved of service!

Cjay wrote on 01 Nov 2021 02:51 pm

Bamford wouldn't make much difference i agree with Bielsa.

Bamford's finishing isnt great lets be honest, nobody even him would say that finishing is his greatest strength, he isnt a natural goalscorer.

Bamford shines when we create lots of chances as we did last season, in a side failing to create much he would be struggling and probably be getting a ton of stick.

Midfield is the issue or lack there of and the lack of creativity in the team (2 quality cms would have sorted that, who knew).

Does Raph have faith in his teammates?

Errrrrm i am sure he knows he is twice the player talent wise of most of them

Lets be honest just over 2 weeks ago he was playing with Neymar, Vicinius Junior, Gabriel Jesus, Lucas Paqueta etc, now its James, Harrison, Roberts and Dallas, Raph will absolutely be able to tell the difference on the pitch.

He seems a very respectful lad and will have built friendships so he would never say anything i am sure (the players i think Cooper said after the Cahill destruction that Raph has to much respect for his teammates than to make them look daft in training) but he will also know as we all do that he is the best player by a distance and is more often than not better going it alone than passing.