Leeds United 6-2 Cagliari Calcio Match Thread

29 Jul 2022 09:27 pm, by YorkshireSquare


Sunday 31st July 6:45pm | Elland Road


Leeds United's pre-season culminates this Sunday with a friendly against Cagliari Calcio at Elland Road ahead of the start of the Premier League season next weekend. The game will now kick off 45 minutes at later at 6:45pm following the England Women's impressive performances in the Women’s Euro 2022 tournament which sees them play Germany in the final at Wembley at 5.00pm on Sunday. The new kick-off time will allow everyone to watch the full match, before taking their seat to enjoy the final pre-season friendly of the summer for Jesse Marsch’s side, as they take on Italian Serie B outfit Cagliari.

A mixed bag of results so far this pre-season has seen Leeds beat Blackpool and Brisbane Roar, lose to Aston Villa and draw against Crystal Palace. With unconvincing performances so far, Marsch will want a good performance and good result, as such he is expected to name a strong starting eleven. New signings Marc Roca and Tyler Adams have impressed, and fans will hope to get a glimpse of them playing together in the middle of midfield for the first time. Rasmus Kristensen, quickly becoming a fans favourite, will likely start at right back with Diego Llorente and Robin Koch in the centre of defence.





One of the big questions for Jesse Marsch ill be at left back. With Junior Firpo injured; Jack Harrison, Leo Hjelde or Pascal Struijk are all in contention for the position with Struijk perhaps at the top of the pecking order. Exciting signing Luis Sinisterra picked up a hamstring injury in Perth with Brenden Aaronson moving out to the right wing, Harrison the obvious choice for left wing if he doesn’t start further back. Marsch has favoured Rodrigo in the No10 role, though fans are still yet to be impressed by the Spaniard as he starts his third season at Elland Road. Patrick Bamford needs more minutes up front as he returns from injury but fans will be keen to see more of Joe Gelhardt as he continues to excite and develop into a real talent.



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1964white wrote on 02 Aug 2022 12:00 pm

SnifferClarke wrote: Tue Aug 02, 2022 10:59 am Is there any ideal pre-season friendly ?

Blackpool , Brisbane, Calgliari crap opposition, too easy etc. etc

Villa & Palace too familiar, too 'unfriendly,' risk of injuries etc,


At least we've beaten the poor sides convincingly, could bode well for a cup run, no more Crawley or Newport Town upsets.

Hopefully !
Good points, Sniffer :tup:

SnifferClarke wrote on 02 Aug 2022 10:59 am

Is there any ideal pre-season friendly ?

Blackpool , Brisbane, Calgliari crap opposition, too easy etc. etc

Villa & Palace too familiar, too 'unfriendly,' risk of injuries etc,


At least we've beaten the poor sides convincingly, could bode well for a cup run, no more Crawley or Newport Town upsets.

Hopefully !

weasel wrote on 02 Aug 2022 10:00 am

A little bit of promise and a whole lot of concerns from that performance. Given how many changes Cagliari made at half time it would appear to take the gloss of how many goals we scored second half, especially with a couple coming within 2 minutes of the restart. It is hard to know how strong Cagliari were in that second half, were we basically playing their reserves?

The fact they could have got back to 3-3 was very concerning, especially if it was their reserves. The trouble is that our positives, from our attacking play, are dulled somewhat because of the lack of strength of the opposition as it will be harder for us to create as much against stronger opposition whilst our negatives or concerns are increased massively given how a second string side of a second string outfit was able to tear us apart so how easy will it be for the far better sides in the premiership to rip us open?

I'm still in the camp where I am hoping there are 3 worse teams than us and hopefully our atatcking play might get us enough points to stay up. At this point my main hope would be that the 3 teams that go down end up with incredibly low points totals so that we might survive on something like 30 points.

Lumiukko wrote on 02 Aug 2022 12:29 am

faaip wrote: Mon Aug 01, 2022 4:02 pm
Thanks Faaip! :tup:

1964white wrote on 01 Aug 2022 08:49 pm

andrewjohnsmith wrote: Mon Aug 01, 2022 4:11 pm :tup: :tup:

You're the first to compare Aaronson to Pablo and I think that's a great comparison

Kristensen kind of makes me think of Danny Mills - the player not the commentator
I do believe we've found a decent playmaker.