By Craig Scott

19th May, 2021 | 11:05am

Rodney Marsh admits he was wrong about Leeds United

Rodney Marsh has admitted he was wrong about Leeds United after being bombarded by fans on Twitter on Tuesday night.

Leeds’ 2-0 win against Southampton means they are guaranteed to finish in the top half of the Premier League table in their first season back in the top-flight of English football.

However, suggestions of the infamous Marcelo Bielsa burnout were never too far away earlier in the campaign and Marsh was among those warning Leeds of a dip in form after Christmas.

After the win over Southampton, Marsh was besieged by Leeds fans pointing out how wrong he was and in fairness to the ex-QPR and Manchester City forward, he’s spoken out to say he made a mistake.

Today I’ve been swamped by Leeds fans reminding me of my early season prediction that they would stumble after Christmas,” said Marsh on Twitter on Tuesday night.

“I was very wrong. Well played.”

Eating humble pie

Marsh isn’t the only one to warn of a Bielsa burnout only to be proven completely wrong by the Leeds United manager.

Leeds’ form, over the last 10 games, is better than anyone else’s in the Premier League with the Whites suffering just one defeat in that time. Bizarrely, that was against Brighton and not Chelsea, Manchester City, Manchester United, Liverpool or Tottenham.

It’s pretty clear that Leeds haven’t suffered a dip in form in the second half of the season but why is that?

Bielsa definitely changed his system to be a bit more defensive-minded around the winter period.

After losing 6-2 to Manchester United, questions were asked of Bielsa’s ability to stop his team leaking goals and while there have been a couple of big defeats since then, there hasn’t been anything on the level of that thrashing at Old Trafford.

Bielsa’s decision to be a little more responsible at the back may have helped players maintain their fitness levels more.

Instead of playing at 110 per cent, being on the front foot and applying pressure constantly, Leeds turned into a team that was slightly more measured in their approach.

That’s led to them conceding fewer, shutting out top sides like Chelsea and Man United and preserving energy, which was unleashed against Southampton on Tuesday and should be against West Brom this weekend.

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