By MOT Leeds News speaking to Paul Robinson

4th May, 2022 | 9:40pm

Leeds United: Sky Sports pundit worried as Jesse Marsch changes formation

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Paul Robinson is worried Jesse Marsch’s decision to play with a back-five against Manchester City could be something he’ll continue to do at Leeds United.

Leeds were battered 4-0 by the Premier League leaders at Elland Road on Saturday despite playing a more defensive formation.

Robinson feels as though Marsch picked that formation in order to counter Man City’s attacking prowess.

It failed miserably and ex-goalkeeper Robinson is worried about Marsch continuing with that system in upcoming games against Champions League-chasing Arsenal and third-placed Chelsea.

“It was the first time he’s played a back-five,” Robinson told MOT Leeds News.

He was sending out a defensive message, I think it was probably more to negate Manchester City’s threat.

It seemed to me to be more about damage limitation because I don’t see how Leeds will cause problems with a back-five and just Rodrigo up front on his own.

Raphinha and Jack Harrison have been asked to do defensive duties, they went more towards their own goal than they did the other way.

I don’t think that helped.

I don’t like the shape, I don’t like the way they set up and I hope they don’t play that way again.”

Leeds lost Stuart Dallas for the rest of the season after he fractured his femur against Man City.

It means that if Liam Cooper is also missing this weekend away at Arsenal [8 May], Marsch’s options may be limited to the point he can only play with a back-four.

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