Marcelo Bielsa has a style and he will not waver from it when Leeds United host Arsenal today at Elland Road.
The Whites have suffered back-to-back 4-1 thrashings at the hands of Leicester City and Crystal Palace in recent weeks. This has, somewhat, extinguished the flames of Leeds’ fiery start in their return to the Premier League after 16 years away.
Bielsa’s teams are known for their frantic, high-octane, high-tempo style – one that requires a huge amount of fitness from his players. But the Argentine is committed to his style ahead of the game against the Gunners, one that earned Leeds promotion to the top flight last season.
Bielsa said, per Mirror Football: “Someone said that the players should not forgive me for the way I made them play in the last two games.
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“But we need to continue to attack well – and to reduce the errors caused by us doing that. We need to not lose the ball in our own half, to finish the attack in the opposition half so there is no counter-attack.
“We need to press in the opposition half so they don’t get into ours very easily. That’s what we have to look at. What would I do if our style doesn’t get results? Should we go long every single time? Only attack if the opponent makes a mistake? Instead of pressing in their half, wait with 11 behind the ball?
“Trying to attack is what the fans want and you have to try and be efficient with the style you choose. Any manner allowing you to win is good and any circumstance when it doesn’t go well is considered bad.
“But I take risks so the game can be beautiful. Taking another option would mean I don’t care and that I will only go whichever way makes it possible to win.”
Arsenal sit 12th in the table, with four wins and four defeats. Leeds, on the other hand, are down in 15th…