Lucas Radebe has claimed that Leeds United don’t “deserve” the ‘dirty Leeds’ tagline going back into the Premier League.
It is a saying that has been taken up by fans across the country, and even chanted by the home faithful at Elland Road, as they see it as them against the rest.
Radebe believes Marcelo Bielsa has changed that mindset which allows his side to play attractive football rather than dominating teams physically off the ball – which they still do.
Speaking on BBC Radio 5 Live Sport on Wednesday evening, Radebe claimed that ‘dirty Leeds’ no longer exists.
“There’s no more dirty Leeds anymore, I don’t think we deserve that,” he laughed.
“With the class that we have at the moment, I think Marcelo Bielsa has come in with his own style and he turned things around at the club.
“Those players looked ordinary, he turned them into Premier League players and they play such great football, a great formation which I think we see them being consistent and winning games.”
Radebe is spot on.
It has been nothing but total football at Elland Road ever since Bielsa arrived two years ago, and that helped Leeds cruise to the Championship title last season.
The Premier League got a taste of what to expect from the Whites when they dominated Arsenal in the FA Cup defeat last season.
Leeds kept 58.6% possession in the 1-0 defeat, completed more tackles and had 18 shots on goal at the Emirates against a so-called top-six side [WhoScored].
Bielsa will get another shot at these teams next season, this time with more experience and better players, we can not wait.
First up? Liverpool on Saturday.
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