Date: 26th July 2019 at 7:45pm
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Another day, another big risk by Marcelo Bielsa.

Yes, this is another doom and gloom article, but let’s face it, he has brought this upon himself. Leeds have got two friendlies tomorrow, one against Girona in Manchester and the other against Cagliari in Italy.

I don’t have a problem with scheduling two friendlies on the same day, it gives you a chance to try out two different formations and sets of players for a longer period of time. It’s much more effective than going the Sven Goran-Eriksson route and having two separate ‘starting’ elevens for each half in my mind.

What I don’t understand though, is splitting up the first team and having them spread out across the two games.

Leeds have put together a fairly convincing squad for the game over in Italy. There were some notable exclusions from the team, but LeedsLive journalist Beren Cross was quick to explain the situation to worried supporters.

Some players, like Bailey Peacock-Farrell have reportedly been left behind due to injury, which is fair enough. Leaving behind the likes of Barry Douglas, Stuart Dallas & Jack Harrison, all of whom played significant minutes last season though is just mind-boggling. This follows off the back of parts of the team being left at home during the tour of Australia.

How are the players meant to get used to playing together as a team if they keep being pushed apart like this?

With just over a week to go until the first game of the Championship season against Bristol City, there hasn’t been a single indication of what the starting eleven is going to be. How are Leeds fans supposed to get excited for the new season if they don’t have a clue who is going to be in the line-up on that opening Sunday at Ashton Gate?

What formation are they playing? Will Helder Costa be lining up on the right-wing or the left-wing? Who is the first choice goalkeeper?

I have said it before and I shall say it again, probably until I am blue in the face. Despite the cult-like status that Bielsa enjoys at Elland Road, he simply has to deliver promotion this season, and I think the way that he has handled the preparation for it has done him no favours. If Leeds get off to a rocky start this season, which could leave them dropping points which they’ll later rely on in April and May, then I know on where I’ll be pointing the finger of blame.

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8 Replies to “Bielsa’s decision over friendlies once again smacks of bad management – Opinion”

  • All this doom and gloom which is coming from the press only because they cannot second guess Bielsas plans . Its simple isnt it ?? Get the players to play with each other as much as possible to find the strengths and weaknesses . So the manager knows which players to play with who in a given moment or a moment of need . Not oy that give each and everyone equal chance of promotion to the first team.
    Am i wrong or is it the press want to make more of the Bielsa way !!!

  • Most of the Leeds squad have been playing together for a season or more, Bielsa will have the team playing like a single minded unit again this season. Please don’t think the season is over , before it has even begun.

  • Makes you so glad to be alive, doesn’t it?

    This super-abundance of talented would-be managers prepared to give this clown Bielsa the benefit of their incredible knowledge & experience.

    Just a pity that this incredible knowledge & experience only inhabits their own little world in their heads, thinking of which usually causes them to go fumbling in their trousers.

  • Well that’s putting Bielsa in his place. When he gets sacked you should apply for his job and Leeds will be in the Premier League in no time

  • Most of the team played together for a season and there is no justification for them to integrate just for the sake of it!The two new signings are included and this is important.The final first eleven would not be apparent before the transfer window cises!

  • The only relevant phrase in this article is “I don’t understand”. Maybe someday you will. Until then your negative opinion is a waste of time.

  • I have to say I totally agree . Bielsa has not got Leeds promoted and he won’t next season. He made a few selection errors and was out smarted in some key games last season and poor pre season planning along with the loss of Jansson will cost Leeds . Sorry but they won’t make the top 6 !!!!

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