The impact that Marcelo Bielsa has had at Leeds United this season has been truly outstanding.
After arriving in the summer, the Argentine immediately illustrated a style of play which he believed could lead the Whites to success in the Championship. The combination of a high-press alongside a reliance on dominating possession was drilled into his players throughout pre-season, resulting in a barnstorming start to the 2018/19 campaign which saw them emerge as serious contenders for promotion.
Fast-forward to March and Leeds are still well in the hunt to secure Premier League football despite their recent defeat to Sheffield United which saw them drop out of the top-two.
An inability to break down the Blades’ superb defence at Elland Road would have been a concern for some of the club’s supporters but it is almost imperative that Bielsa doesn’t switch his style for the visit of Millwall on Saturday.
Neil Harris’ side are currently fighting to avoid the drop to England’s third tier next season and will be reliant of their physical style of play to secure an unlikely result against the Whites. Rather than falling into the Lions’ trap, Leeds should instead focus on what has got them to such a promising position; forward-thinking football.
Recent victories over both West Bromwich Albion and Reading have seen Bielsa’s side produce stunning attacking displays which sent a resounding message out to the rest of the Championship. If they can produce a fast start at the weekend, they should be able to sweep aside Millwall, thus keeping their hopes of automatic promotion alive.
However, even if they have to be patient and wait for openings at the weekend, Leeds must continue to have faith in their system rather than letting the pressure get to them in what is a defining period of their season.
What do you think Leeds fans? How important is it that Bielsa sticks by his tactics for the visit of Millwall? Can you still achieve automatic promotion in May? Let us know below.
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