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Morning Leeds-in for 14 February: Bielsa dedicates win over Swansea to Jack Clarke

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Well, this was a nice thing to say.

One of the biggest differences between Bielsa and some of the previous managers at Elland Road is the lengths that Bielsa will go to stand up and support his players. He’s publicly backed a them a number of times when it would have been easier to say that they’re going through a rough patch and he’s stood tall and accepted blame for almost every loss.

Players know the high standards he sets and he’ll reward them for trying and working hard. And that buy-in means that his players will run through walls for him. That’s perhaps the biggest reason why this team has improved as much as it has.

On to the links.

Leeds United Links

Recap of the Leeds win over Swansea City. [Through It All Together]

Jack rated the players. [Through It All Together]

England and English Football Links

West Ham United midfielder Declan Rice has said he’s going to switch his national team from the Republic of Ireland to England. [BBC.com]

Tottenham Hotspur beat Borussia Dortmund 3-0 at Wembley. [BBC.com]

Brentford beat Aston Villa 1-0 in Dean Smith’s return to West London. [7500 To Holte]

World Football Links

Mauro Icardi has been stripped of his captaincy of Inter Milan. [Serpents of Madonnina]

Fiorentina successfully petitioned to have their match against Atalanta moved a day for Davide Astori. [Viola Nation]

Pallotta hails Pellegrini, Zaniolo, and the youth movement at AS Roma. [Chiesa di Totti]

Napoli should go all-in to win the Europa League. [Siren’s Song]