"the opponent had 6 chances to score and scored 3 goals. We had a contribution which made it easier. Apparently there is space for criticism of this but I don't think so. When the style demands you move the goal from your own keeper, the possibility to lose the ball is inherent."— Phil Hay (@PhilHayYEP) February 7, 2019
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.
Leeds United Links
The Football League is discussing the farce that is “Spygate.” [Through It All Together]
England and English Football Links
World Football Links