Luke Ayling is fearful that he will have to take part in an even more ruthless version of murderball after Leeds United beat Manchester City.

Phil Hay relayed a quote from Marcelo Bielsa who explained he had never trained his team to defend with ten men behind the ball – as they had to do once Liam Cooper was sent off.

The Argentine added that he will have to prepare for such a scenario moving forward, and Ayling does not like that idea at all.

“Nada. Never. Nothing that happened today had any influence from my part. But I will bear it in mind to train like this,” Bielsa said in response to a question asking if he ever coaches his team to be totally defensive, per Hay.

Ayling reacted to Hay’s tweet saying, “Murderball with a man less. No thank you boss.”

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Taking the lead was impressive against Man City but keeping them out for 75 minutes was nothing short of spectacular – 30 minutes of that was with ten men.

And then to show the character and belief to grab a last-minute winner just shows this team is unlike any other in the division.

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Ayling is a player who exemplifies the team’s spirit, as does Stuart Dallas.

Both were relative unknown quantities when they signed but they have now proved they are capable of competing with and outperforming the best in the Premier League.

Ayling came up against Raheem Sterling and but for one first half chance he kept the England international quiet.

The right-back says he does not fancy murderball with a man less but if Bielsa demanded it Ayling would likely happily accept.

He always gives his all and is determined to get better and better.

We would not be surprised if his meteoric rise ends up with an England cap, it would be the least he deserves for his performances in a Leeds shirt.

In other Leeds United news, a sky sports journalist has admitted he was out of order in Leeds vs Man City coverage.


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