Jesse Marsch hits back at Gary Lineker suggestion on Match of the Day, Leeds United boss completely disagrees
Jesse Marsch found himself in complete disagreement with Gary Lineker after his Leeds United side came from behind to win 4-3 against Bournemouth on Saturday.
Crysensio Summerville scored another late goal to earn a huge three points to shoot Leeds up the Premier League table and relieve a lot of pressure off Marsch.
After the game, Lineker spoke to Marsch and asked him whether Leeds’ aggressive and high defensive line causes them to concede too many goals
However, Marsch hit back at the England legend, saying that the opposite is true.
Speaking on Match of the Day on Saturday (5 November), as shown on BBC iPlayer (14m06s), Lineker said: “You play a very attacking style of football with a high press a lot of the time, Jesse.
“Does that perhaps create some of the problems that you experienced in the first half with Bournemouth being good on the break?”
Marsch instantly shook his head in disagreement with Lineker’s suggestion.
He replied: “I actually think that all the times we give up goals, we’re being too passive and not aggressive enough.
“It’s converse to what you may think.
It’s about tactical discipline, understanding roles and then committing to them at the highest level.”
Sticking to his guns
That’s a great reply from Marsch.
He’s a massive defender of his tactics and he’ll die on the hill that pressuring opponents and playing with a high block is the right way to go.
Leeds did it very successfully in stages under Marcelo Bielsa and they’re doing it well a lot of the time under Marsch.
It does lead to a lot of goals being conceded. It’s a risky style of play.
However, it also leads to a lot of turnovers in possession higher up the pitch and that hands the Whites the advantage when they want to get forward and create chances.
Leeds do make a lot of chances.
They miss a lot too.
It’s why the club needs to sign a new striker in the January transfer window because Patrick Bamford looks unlikely to ever recreate his form from a couple of seasons ago.
And while Rodrigo is doing well this term, we know that he’s not a long-term solution in that area of the pitch.
In other Leeds United news, the Whites are set to jet out to Spain with a major decision being made behind the scenes at Elland Road.