It’s not very often where you can put a win down to one tactical change, but that’s what happened yesterday at Elland Road, as the home fans were left basking in Marcelo Bielsa’s brilliance. The Argentine made the tactical change to sacrifice Pontus Jansson to bring on an extra wide player and allow Pablo Hernandez to play centrally, and boy did it work.
The decision to sacrifice Jansson and move Hernandez into a central position won that. Hernandez took the game in hand and killed Millwall with a thousand passes. Sensational he was.
— Phil Hay (@PhilHayYEP) March 30, 2019
Pontus Jansson was always walking a tightrope after he found himself in the book on 65 minutes, so for his number to come up as Jack Clarke came on may have been a relief for a lot of the home supporters, even if the majority of them were baffled to see their #18 leaving the field. However, soon there would be complaints as Hernandez did what he does best and killed off Millwall with his passing and movement.
In the end, the change made good as Hernandez bagged the winner just seven minutes before the end of the 90 as he came through a crowd of players to latch onto a low ball into the box and fire home for his second and Leeds’ third of the game. As much as the credit will go to Hernandez, though, it cannot be understated how the tactical nouse of the experienced Argentine helped them to the win yesterday and the fans will want to see more of that in their last six games.
You can read the Whites’ thoughts on Bielsa’s change here:
— FABIAN LUFC COLOMBIA (@RamonLeeds) March 30, 2019
Guys an absolute wizard
— Jake Edwards (@JakeEdwardss94) 30 March 2019
In Bielsa we trust
— Brahim (@BabsSoltani) 30 March 2019
Credit to Marcelo what a tactician
— Jay (@Jayvfl) 30 March 2019
Bielsa is a genius
— Christian Wickham (@ChristianWickh7) March 30, 2019
No other manager would have the balls to make that substitution but your right it won it for us
— Sean Bannable (@sbannable) March 30, 2019
Thank god we have a real manager clearly talented as we know but not scared to make decisions Top man .I am totally shredded what a bonus Sheffield Utd losing at home !
— Mark Richards (@manwithmessage) March 30, 2019
Bielsa …that is why! Seemed odd at the time but he truly is a sensational genius of a manager and has taken us to second with 7 games left
Only down side again today is all the usual suspects that appear on your tweets when we miss a penalty, Miss a tackle, let in a goal etc
— Dave (@mcbdave) March 30, 2019
The Whites cannot get enough of Bielsa and will be desperate for him to take them back to the Premier League this season.
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