This means that Bielsa can not worry too much about which formation Leicester will use on the night because it shouldn’t require any personnel change.
More interesting will be the tweaks within the system. We’ve already said Leicester will sit narrow in forward areas to allow space for their wing backs. This will drag the Leeds full backs more central and will mean the Leeds wingers will have a lot of ground to cover defensively.
There is also the threat of Jamie Vardy and Harvey Barnes going over the top which could hurt Leeds on Monday. Against Wolves, Leeds didn’t really have to deal with raw pace on the counter until Adama came on. On Monday, this will be a worry.
We’ve always celebrated Robin Koch’s “backwards defending” on here. Monday will be a pivotal game for the 24-year-old having to keep Vardy quiet.
Not only that, the Leeds press will have to be sharp to prevent James Maddison from getting time and space on the ball to find the channels in behind the Leeds’ defence.
At the other end of the field, it will be another case of trying to break down a packed and well-organised defensive system. Both Rodrigo and Pablo Hernandez are useful foils in this regard, but the best approach will always be trying to catch Leicester out before they can sit.
For all of their defensive responsibility, the wingers should look to get in behind the Leicester wing backs as much as the Leicester wing backs look to get in behind them. That will be the fascinating battle of transitional phases.
It’s easy to overlook Brendan Rodgers as a good manager but his Leicester side will be tough to beat. There are side in the division who will look to sit deep and counter Leeds so the match on Monday will offer another bench mark for Leeds.
If Vardy, Barnes and Maddison can be kept quiet and spaces worked in the Leicester defence, then a result might not look completely out of the question. But it will be a hard match either way.
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