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Morning Leeds-in for 18 January: Liam Cooper on Bielsa: ‘The lads bought into it from day one’

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Turns out it wasn’t just the press and the fans that were blown away by Marcelo Bielsa.

Leeds captain Liam Cooper said that all of the players were immediately impressed by Bielsa, with all of them wanting to play for Bielsa and all of them wanting to play even harder to get him to have faith in them. Benjamin Mendy said that he ‘missed Bielsa hugs’ after the video emerged of Patrick Bamford’s wonder-goal from training a few weeks ago. Players seem to love playing for Bielsa, and he seems to get a lot more out of players than anyone else seems to be able to do. He really is a genius, isn’t he?

On to the links.

Leeds United Links

Leeds have officially signed goalkeeper Kiko Casilla from Real Madrid. [Through It All Together]

The reaction to Spygate has shown just how biased the media is against Leeds. [Through It All Together]

England and English Football Links

Everton has signed a young defender that was also targeted by Arsenal. [Royal Blue Mersey]

It seems Unai Emery would like Mesut Ozil to leave Arsenal. [The Short Fuse]

World Football Links

AC Milan reportedly close to landing a teenage defender from Sporting Clube de Portugal. [AC Milan Offside]

Tactical Review of Milan’s 1-0 loss to Juventus in the Supercoppa. [AC Milan Offside]

Inter Milan have gotten approval to have children in the San Siro for their home match against Sassuolo. [Serpents of Madonnina]

In Mexico, UNAM Pumas defeated Universidad de Guadalajara 2-0 in the Copa MX. [FMF State of Mind]

Athletic Bilbao still want to sign Tottenham Hotspur’s Fernando Llorente, but will wait until he’s a free agent in the summer. [Inside Athletic]