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TT Battle: Marcelo Bielsa vs Frank Lampard

Leeds United take on Derby County this Friday at Elland Road in one of the Championship ties of matchday 27.

The hosts head into the clash top of the table, while the visitors sit in the final play-off spot ahead of rivals Nottingham Forest in a season that has been good for both clubs under their new bosses.

With Marcelo Bielsa and Frank Lampard at the helm, supporters of Leeds and Derby will be pleased with results as well as performances.

How, though, do the two managers compare ahead of their showdown?

Marcelo Bielsa

For some, there were doubts to whether Bielsa could succeed in the Championship with this Leeds squad considering how technically good players need to be when it comes to the style of football the Argentinian looks to implement wherever he goes.

Bielsa, however, is well on course to shutting up his critics for good. Not only do Leeds lead English football’s second division under the former Lille and Athletic Bilbao boss, but they do so having played the Bielsa way.

From day one, Leeds have looked to play out from the back, press high up the pitch and attack in numbers.

With Bielsa in the Elland Road dugout, the likes of Kemar Roofe and Mateusz Klich to name a couple, have massively improved, showing how good of a coach the 63-year-old is both in regards to developing individuals and the team as a whole.

TT Grade: A-

Frank Lampard

With no real managerial experience, handing Lampard the Derby job was a gamble by Mel Morris.

It is a gamble, however, that looks to be paying off with the Rams performing and getting the points under the Chelsea and England legend.

Since Lampard took the reins at Pride Park, Derby have looked like a team capable of doing anything.

Away from their promising Championship campaign, Derby have knocked Manchester United out of the Carabao Cup, ran Maurizio Sarri’s Chelsea side close in the same competition following a 3-2 defeat at Stamford Bridge and, most recently, held Southampton to a 2-2 draw in the FA Cup after going 2-0 down.

And from a stylistic point of view, the East Midlands club play some very entertaining stuff with the likes of Mason Mount, Harry Wilson and Tom Lawrence at the heart of it.

TT Grade: B+

TT Verdict:

At opposing ends of their managerial careers, Bielsa and Lampard both share many similarities.

The two Championship managers are keen for their respective sides to build up play from defence and win the ball back as quick as possible.

At this moment of time, the above is something Leeds are probably much better at doing, be it because of the individuals they possess or the know-how of Bielsa.

However, they remain footballing ideas Lampard looks well capable of implementing successfully in the long run, leaving Bielsa as just one example the 40-year-old can look to.


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