Marcelo Bielsa told the Leeds United players to led Manchester City’s centre-backs to think they were in control of possession on Saturday, according to Phil Hay.

Leeds won 2-1 despite playing with 10 men for much of the game and according to stats by WhoScored, Man City dominated possession by seeing 71.1 per cent of possession.

Oleksandr Zinchenko [114] and John Stones [101] had a ridiculous number of touches in the game with Stones completing 84 accurate passes.

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However, it was Leeds’ plan all along to give Man City the illusion they were in control of the game as Bielsa told his players to let the home defence keep the ball and force them to play it into non-threatening areas of the pitch.

“Sources have told The Athletic that Bielsa’s instructions were crystal clear: allow City’s centre-backs to hold the ball and surrender the benign sections of the pitch,” Hay said on The Athletic website.

“Concentrate on covering the players who are looking to receive a pass and remember to switch markers if Leeds are at risk of being exposed one-on-one.”

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The master

Who can doubt Bielsa?

He had a plan to deal with Man City and saw it out superbly.

Man City had almost all the ball in the match but didn’t account for the fact that Bielsa is a master of getting his players to press and force their opposition into mistakes.

While they didn’t force Man City into many mistakes, they ensured they would play the ball where they wanted them to, channelling it into areas where they cannot cause a threat.

Man City did manage to grab a goal versus Leeds through Ferran Torres but conceding once against the Premier League leaders is a massive achievement by itself.

Having two shots – and scoring with both of them – is a ridiculous achievement especially when Leeds played with 10 men for an entire half after Liam Cooper’s red card.

Bielsa is so good. We really cannot put into words just how much we adore this man for the way he’s restored pride in West Yorkshire and has the Whites back where they belong in the Premier League.

In other Leeds United news, Garth Crooks slammed this “horrendous” Leeds player in the win over Manchester City.


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