By Daniel Feliciano

11th Mar, 2022 | 12:00pm

Journalist says Jesse Marsch tactical switch 'killed' Leeds in Aston Villa defeat

Jesse Marsch’s switch to a 4-2-4 ‘killed’ Leeds in their 3-0 defeat to Aston Villa at Elland Road on Thursday night, according to Telegraph journalist Matt Law.

The Whites were battered in the new manager’s first home game in charge, as Villa scored through Philippe Coutinho, Matty Cash and Calum Chambers while holding Leeds to just one shot on target.

But they were in the game at 1-0 down, before Marsch made a tactical switch to a 4-2-4. Law, who supports Villa, took to his Twitter account questioning the decision saying that it ‘killed them’.

Marsch brought on Joe Gelhardt at half-time for Rodrigo and then gave Patrick Bamford his first minutes since December ten minutes later to go to two up front.

At that point Villa took over and quickly scored their second, before sealing the game eight minutes later and condemning the Whites to a scary relegation battle for the final ten games.


Leeds didn’t create any chances and ended up with an xG of just 0.24 for the game, which further adds to the question why?

Why did Marsch change the system so early on? Why did Marsch make the changes he did, bringing off in-form Jack Harrison? Why?

Ultimately it doesn’t really matter anymore, because the result has happened and they can’t change it now, but fans have yet to see much from the new manager to convince them he’s the saviour.

After sacking Marcelo Bielsa, the fans needed to see the team hit the ground running to justify the dismissal of a club legend despite so many factors going against him in his final season.

Instead they’ve been met with a similar performance to the previous tenure and then something that was simply dismal which has now taken relegation out of their hands.

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