Leeds United tactics slammed by BBC pundit despite win v Bournemouth
Leeds United put on a display worthy of Bonfire Night fireworks at Elland Road as they came from 3-1 down to beat Bournemouth 4-3.
Rodrigo’s early penalty was quickly cancelled out by Marcus Tavernier, Philip Billing and Dominic Solanke but the Whites fought back through goals from Sam Greenwood, Liam Cooper and Crysencio Summerville.
Despite claiming all three points when the final whistle blew, Danny Murphy was not impressed by Jesse Marsch’s tactics and laid into him on BBC Match of the Day.
“There was so much to admire and so much positivity from them today,” Murphy said. “High-tempo football, great to watch and it was a rollercoaster but I think their philosophy and the way they play sometimes can be a negative.
“Bournemouth took full advantage of that in the first half. They’d gone one up from really positive play but here they had six players ready to press so what Bournemouth did is miss out the six-man press.
“One pass and they suddenly have an overload and this is only at 1-0. Sometimes Leeds need to find a balance and just calm down a bit, you can’t play every minute of a game like a cup tie.
“This is a brilliant goal by Greenwood but they are going to have games where they get beat like they did against Brentford, for example.”
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Leeds and Marsch have always been very clear in what they try to do and they aren’t about to completely rip it to pieces because Murphy tells them to.
That high press is what has provided much of the Whites’ goals this season and losing that threat in the final third would be far more concerning.
There will always be conceded goals when Leeds United push forward as far as they do but the constant, suffocating pressure applied by the midfield and attack creates a bucketload of chances against any team.
That’s far more important than stopping the opposition from having the odd opportunity and it was only the sheer clinicalness of the Cherries that got them into the 3-1 lead in the first place.
The squad Marsch has half-built, half-inherited at Elland Road is primed for this football and trying to force them into something they are not would be a self-inflicted disaster.
In other Leeds United news, the Whites could be in limbo over one of their postponed games after what happened this week.