Leeds United were easily beaten at the weekend. It will be a hard result to take but Marcelo Bielsa will be hoping things turn around against Burnley on Sunday.
Noel Whelan has discussed some of the tactics Bielsa put in place for the Whites on Sunday, and believes the setback could have a very positive effect for the Burnley match.
What Whelan had to say
Whelan spoke to Football Insider about Bielsa picking more defensive players against Manchester United at half-time over creative players like Pablo Hernandez. He said: “We needed more of a defensive player. Players with mobility to get around. We didn’t need any flair out there in my opinion because the game was already gone at half-time, it was out of reach.
“It was best to save certain players who could be the difference when we come to the Burnley and West Brom games where you’re going to need them fit and ticking away. To me at half-time, 4-1 down, the game was gone. It was about keeping it as respectable as possible against a team that was high in confidence and rampant in that first-half. It was just damage limitation.”
Leeds will be looking to bounce back against Burnley
With creative players like Hernandez on the bench, many might have thought he would come on. However, the match was indeed out of reach.
Therefore it gave the veteran a good rest to be fully fit for the Burnley match. Sean Dyche’s side will sit back, allow Leeds to have possession and look to counter. This emphasises that Hernandez could be key.
When he came on in the last ten minutes against Newcastle, the 35 year-old showed he could still succeed at a top level. He only had 13 touches of the ball (SofaScore), but managed to pick up two assists, and if he could show this quality against Burnley he could definitely be the difference. With Leeds playing West Brom two days after Burnley, there is no doubt that the Spaniard should feature and Bielsa was tactically very clever against Manchester United when it came to player management.
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