Marcelo Bielsa sticks to his philosophy ahead of Leeds United v Tottenham
Leeds United will face Tottenham Hotspur in their next Premier League game on Saturday (26 February) and their current form is horrendous.
Marcelo Bielsa has admitted that he is “very worried” about Leeds’ poor form, but has suggested that neither he will walk out of the club nor he will change his philosophy.
In the last three games, Leeds conceded as many as 13 goals, including a humiliating 6-0 defeat against Liverpool.
They are sitting nervously on the cusp of relegation, and Bielsa doesn’t seem to have plans at the moment on how to tackle this crisis.
The Argentine said on sticking to his principle, as quoted by Leeds Live: “It’s the only path, the only way I know. Of course every game that we play, I imagine that we have true possibilities of winning.
“That’s exactly how I felt about Liverpool. Imagination prior to the game being played like every manager does, I thought we had resources to win the game and the game we played against Man United, allowed us to believe that we could beat Liverpool – but we lost 6-0. So I always imagine, in what way we should do things and with what interpreters should we assume the model of play to manage to win the game.”
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That’s Marcelo Bielsa for you.
He is a world-class manager, no doubt, but he is equally very stubborn in his approach.
Leeds played some exquisite football last season, but they were also vulnerable at the back.
They tend to lose heavily against big teams, and this has happened on numerous occasions, especially away from home.
It’s one thing that he wants to win every game and sets his team with that mentality, but it’s the manner of their approach that is questionable.
The Whites are usually known for the gung-ho and cavalier approach, and it looks pleasing to the eyes, but are they effective enough?
There are times when you need to curb your instincts and play according to the situation. Against big teams, sometimes a defensive approach isn’t a bad option, but that’s not what Bielsa thinks.
Obviously, he has given Leeds so much that he has earned the right to do what he feels best. But that doesn’t mean we’ve to agree with everything he says.
In other Leeds United news, the club admire a Champions League manager with a 74% win rate to succeed Marcelo Bielsa