Danny Murphy has slammed Leeds United for their ‘very naive’ display in the 4-1 defeat against Crystal Palace on Saturday.
The talkSPORT pundit claimed Marcelo Bielsa was ‘silly’ with his tactics and didn’t learn his lesson from the similar defeat against Leicester only days before.
It was a game full of controversy, but Patrick Bamford did admit that the international break has come at the right times for the Whites.
Murphy claimed that Leeds players need to stand up and be counted, rather than consistently taking orders from Bielsa like robots.
“I actually thought it was a very naive way to play,” he said on talkSPORT.
“Overall, the amount of times that Palace countered the press from Leeds. The last thing you do is go after them, I thought that was silly.
“They should have learnt their lesson from the Leicester game, but they didn’t. You can’t be a one-trick pony.
“Leeds can have spells in a game where they can go after people, but then you have to say ‘hold on, we’re getting done a bit here, let’s try and adapt’ – that’s where you need some leaders on the pitch and not just robots that do what the manager is saying.”
It is hard to question Bielsa after all he has done for the club, but Saturday was one of those occasions where he got it horribly wrong.
From the tactics to the personnel, it was all wrong. Keeping Pablo Hernandez out of the squad led to a desperate lack of creativity in midfield.
As well as that, changing Stuart Dallas’ position didn’t suit Leeds one little bit and left them open on the ball, and short of ideas when with it.
Palace only had 35.2% of the ball, but still managed to have more shots on goals than the Whites as they exploited the space much more effectively.
Without Kalvin Phillips, Leeds are getting picked apart far too easily and although Saturday wasn’t the best, we expect that to change once the Yorkshire Pirlo returns.
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