By Dave Woods

22nd Oct, 2019 | 7:56am

MOT View: Bielsa identifies Leeds tactical flaw, change needed v Preston

Marcelo Bielsa has identified a weakness that his Leeds team has in his press conference ahead of the Preston game on Tuesday night.

He said that Leeds aren’t efficient enough at scoring from set-pieces, with corners a particular weakness.

“If you achieve to score and to avoid the opponent scoring,” Bielsa said on Monday (live on the LUFC app, Monday, 12.30pm), “this factor is very important.

“You have seen in some moments last season that we had some difficulty resolving problems in aerial situations and a little bit less this year and for our team that doesn’t have the ideal efficiency to score, to score at set-pieces is something very important.”

The All Stats Aren’t We Twitter account highlighted just how bad corners have been for Leeds this season – just 28.74% have led to a shot and only one has resulted in a goal (Patrick Bamford against Wigan).

If anything, it’s getting worse too, with none of the last 10 leading to an effort on goal.

The base stat is that around 10% of corners lead to goals.

There’s a great video that highlights that while corner kicks are greeted with a “thunderous roar”, few actually lead to goals, which begs the question, why isn’t Bielsa encouraging Leeds to do something different and go short rather than just hanging the ball up in the box from Kalvin Phillips?

That tactic obviously isn’t working and he has said so himself. It would surely be better to play the ball short and let Helder Costa and Jack Harrison run at the opposition?

After his remarks in the press conference, we’re confident that we’re going to see Leeds do something different tonight against Preston.

In other Leeds news, Exclusive: Paul Robinson delivers verdict on Bielsa not giving Nketiah a start for Leeds