By Azeem Siddiqui

23rd Aug, 2022 | 6:00am

Jesse Marsch deserves all the credit for Leeds United great start to the season

Leeds United entered the season knowing that they cannot afford to go through another campaign where they had to dig deep and ensure their place in the top-flight football.

Therefore, it was necessary for the Whites to have a good beginning to their 2022-23 season and that’s how it exactly turned out to be.

On Sunday, Leeds produced another masterclass to not only remain unbeaten but secured a thumping 3-0 win against Chelsea at the Elland Road [Premier League].

Credit where it is due

Jesse Marsch arrived at Leeds with a lot of scepticism where the fans were not ready to accept him because of the love they had for the former manager Marcelo Bielsa who brought the club back to the Premier League after decades of exile.

However, just months after that, the 48-year-old is slowly but surely turning the views of the Elland Road-faithful around with consistent impressive performances from the side.

Despite losing the two best players in the squad Kalvin Phillips and Raphinha, who ended up joining Manchester City and FC Barcelona, Leeds are not only unbeaten in the competition but are placed on the third position in the league table.

Regardless of the departure of two star players, the Whites are not only playing with the same or even greater intensity as they used to in the previous season but they are also maintaining their shape, unlike under Bielsa where the focus was on going all out and attack.

After three matches in the league, Leeds have the third-best conversion rate in the final third (16.22%), the most number of interceptions (40) and the highest number of tackles won (48) [Soccerment].

All of that does not happen in a vacuum. It is clearly visible that this is a team which is well-coached by a manager who knows what he is doing.

This is a team where the manager is bringing in only players whom he thinks are ideal enough to strengthen the squad and can fit into the system.

For this purpose, only one man deserves all the credit in the world and that is undoubtedly Marsch who has turned a broken Leeds side into a well-oiled machine once again.

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