Leeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa enjoyed a pleasing and eventful opening day to the 2019/20 campaign as we opened up our Championship season with a comfortable 3-1 victory over Bristol City.
Our trip to Ashton Gate was bounced to the Sunday owing to the predictable television selection, but goals on the day from Pablo Hernandez, Patrick Bamford and Jack Harrison ensured that the travelling fans returned with smiles on their faces.
It was a thoroughly deserved victory for those who keep their eye on the Match Stats and no doubt our Argentine gaffer will be pleased with what he saw, but he will want more from the group.
I would imagine putting in a far more clinical performance and sticking three into the back of the net, given last season’s problems when it came to chance conversion, will be the biggest thing the Elland Road faithful take from it, so on to the next one now.
Top of the table again already, this time can we stay there and build up a buffer?
Speaking to the BBC following the full time whistle, the gaffer said briefly of the game.
“We managed both halves very well in the first 30 minutes, but at the same time, in the last 15 minutes we conceded too much possession.”
Lee Johnson’s interviews were better though, this time.
“We were honest, we worked our socks off, but inevitably they had more quality than us. We didn’t cope with their relentless pressing. We need a bit more quality, which hopefully we’ll get in the next few days. It’s a good standard for the lads to feel, because if (Leeds) keep that XI fit, they are top, top for the Championship. They were better than us and we have to be honest about that.”