Leeds went back to the top of the Championship after blowing Reading away in a lethal first-half display at the Madejski Stadium last night. Phew, right?
A first-half brace from Pablo Hernandez, after Mateusz Klich had already put United ahead, were enough to secure the points before half time and — with Norwich not playing until this evening — restore Marcelo Bielsa’s side to the summit of the table.
Bielsa had a brief chat with his Reading counterpart Jose Gomez after the game, and it has become clear that there is a mutual respect between the two managers.
Leeds Live reported from the post-match press conference on what Bielsa said to Gomes, revealing that the Leeds boss told him that, in time, he could build a side at Reading to match the one he had in Portugal.
Gomes said: “He was saying that I should keep working because with time you can put get team playing like your previous team was playing in Portugal.
“So it means he was watching my games in Portugal, which is normal. But today the players showed very good things, that’s why he said this. We are on a good track.”
He went on to stress the importance of Bielsa to a Leeds side that will surely be playing top flight football next term.
“All the coaches in the world know him and know his job. He’s an important manager in football history.”
And on the gulf in class between the two sides, he added: “We played against a very strong team — maybe one of the strongest offensive dynamic in the league. They showed very good movements with intensity, very fast movements between all the players from the midfield to the wingers.
“After four shots, they scored three goals. Without any space — the third goal was just a small touch and the ball crossed Martinez’s hand. It was a fantastic goal.
“The quality they have is difficult to stop.”
We agree with the Reading boss, and with Premier League football beginning to look like a formality, it will be fantastic to see Bielsa’s philosophical, meticulous approach against other world class managers and opposition next season.
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