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Morning Leeds-in for 8 February: Bielsa explains why he insists he is to blame for the loss to Norwich

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Marcelo Bielsa was still insisting that he is to blame for the loss to Norwich City in the press conference today before Saturday’s match against Middlesbrough.

The manager noted that the style that Leeds play, where the team passes the ball around, even at the back, is inherently risky. And because of that, if a team plays like that all the time, that while it sometimes means that the club will be successful, it also means that the team will sometimes give up cheap goals. Hence, he is responsible for the style and therefore the result.

Bielsa also noted that the team seemed to play worse in the second half, after he had made changes. To Bielsa, this meant that he had made a mistake, as the changes didn’t work.

Again, it’s refreshing to see a manager take the blame, rather than deflect or blame the players on the pitch. Of course, if the players don’t play better this weekend, it won’t matter very much how much Bielsa talks.

On to the links.

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