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Leeds United: Bielsa must use adversity to drive his side to play-off glory

Leeds United: Bielsa must use adversity to drive his side to play-off glory - Leeds United

Just when you thought that this manic Championship season couldn’t get anymore dramatic, Leeds United and Aston Villa somehow managed to scale it up even further at the weekend.

With Marcelo Bielsa’s side entering the clash knowing that their dreams of securing automatic promotion where all-but over following Sheffield United’s 2-0 victory over Ipswich Town, it was always going to be interesting to see just how they approached proceedings at Elland Road.

Having lost their last two league games, the players needed to deliver a response in-front of their vociferous supporters regardless of events elsewhere and so it was not surprising whatsoever they began the game at an extremely high-tempo.

After both sides had chances to take the lead in the first-half, the second period saw one of the most astonishing periods of play in modern-footballing history occur in West Yorkshire.

Following Villa’s decision to put the ball out of play earlier on in the game when a Leeds player was down with an injury, Bielsa’s men were expected to do the same after Jonathan Kodjia seemingly required medical attention after a challenge from Liam Cooper.

However, with the referee allowing play to continue, Tyler Roberts passed the ball to Mateusz Klich who burst into the penalty area before firing past Jed Steer to put the Whites ahead.

The Polish midfielder’s strike sparked pandemonium both on and off the pitch as whilst the club’s supporters were celebrating, the players took part in a heated melee which eventually resulted in Ahmed El Ghazi being controversially sent off for allegedly elbowing Patrick Bamford.

The five minutes of mayhem reached an incredible ending when Bielsa sportingly ordered his side to let Villa equalise which they did as Albert Adomah tapped in.

Although the meeting would end up all-square after 90 minutes, it could be argued that the drama surrounding the goals is exactly what Leeds needed going into the play-offs.

Whereas recent performances have been far too placid, Sunday’s draw saw the Whites demonstrate the kind of fight that will be needed when they enter the knock-out competition in May.

If they can produce the same amount of intensity in the play-offs, there is no reason why they cannot secure their return to the top-flight after 15 years away via a trip to Wembley Stadium.

What do you think, Leeds fans? Is Sunday a turning point in your season? Do you think that your side can succeed in the play-offs? Let us know below.

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