Sky Sports pundit Alan Smith claims there is pressure on Marcelo Bielsa to sort out Leeds United’s form after losing their last two matches 4-1.
Leeds have slipped down the table after suffering back-to-back defeats to Leicester and Crystal Palace and face Arsenal at Elland Road this weekend in a bid to avoid losing a third consecutive match under Bielsa for the first time.
Ex-Arsenal striker Smith, unfortunately, doesn’t see Leeds bouncing back just yet and predicts the Gunners to win narrowly in West Yorkshire.
“For Leeds to have lost their last two games 4-1, there’s pressure on them to bounce back and on Bielsa to fix what has gone wrong,” said Smith, as quoted on the Sky Sports website.
“I’d have to fancy the Gunners, they’ve got their own agenda and want to bounce back from the Villa game and get back to the levels they have achieved. Perhaps a close-fought away win.”
Every manager and every team is under pressure if you think about it.
Leeds must feel they need to prove themselves this season after winning promotion back to the Premier League.
Everyone has watched the Whites play and it’s fair to say that a lot of people are impressed by the style of play that’s been implemented at Elland Road.
Bielsa has won a lot of plaudits for his work at Leeds United but he’s not really had back-to-back thrashings as he has done in recent weeks.
Of course, he’s facing some pressure to get the team back on track but it’s a tough match to do it in against Arsenal, who also want to bounce back after a 3-0 defeat to Aston Villa in their last match before the international break.
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