Heidi Haigh on meeting family, some fans disrespecting Billy’s statue with their discarded chips, a full Elland Road and the 2-0 win over Rotherham United
Thank you Heidi. Looking forward to your book coming out.
Quite clearly Radrizzani aimed ‘big’ when looking to replace Paul Heckingbottom: "Conte was on the list) and with him, we would have been certain of promotion to the Premier League," Radrizzani told La Gazzetta dello Sport report ESPN. "I would even have offered him €20 million. Then I interviewed (Claudio) Ranieri who was attracted by our interest, but declined as he was waiting for a call from a top-flight club. I even spoke to(Roberto) Martinez, but Belgium were an obstacle.”
“At the end of May, I spoke with our director of football(Victor)Orta and he said Bielsa would be ideal, but that it would be impossible (to get him). Those words just motivated me even more and we negotiated for a few days then reached an agreement at £3m, which he shares with his staff, and a one year plus one year option as duration. We finished negotiations after ten hours of conversation in Buenos Aires, he(Bielsa)studied 20 of our games and already knew all the players, including the youngsters. It seemed impossible to get him here, but he's our top player. We are a Premier League club, and even more so with him."
Thanks to the YEP.
An interesting piece in Eastern Daily Press about the colour scheme in the away dressing room at Carrow Road.
Be interesting if effects Leeds in their clash on Saturday.
Marcelo Bielsa: Swansea City pre game presser: Pontus Jansson misses the game because of a back injury done in training yesterday. Bielsa hopes he will be available for the weekend’s clash with Norwich City. Dallas and Forshaw still a few weeks away from being considered. Praised Gaetano Berardi: "In the games I watched(last season)he played more as a full back than a centre back. Obviously he can play on both side, as centre back I have been satisfied with his performance."
Bielsa on the current form: “I don't think it was fast,” he said, in response to a question about how rapidly his side had acclimatised to his methods. In football six weeks is a long time, the challenges are above transmitting the style. The challenge is to try and be faithful to this style for a long period. But it’s always important to have good results, especially at the beginning of the season when you need to build confidence. That’s the period when you simulate the style. When you win, it’s always easier to accept the idea of a style of play.”
On the team’s they’ve played and Swansea: “This competition has different kinds of difficulties, you have to face each difficulty. The first game we played was against a team (Stoke) who are similar to Swansea, but we played at home. The second game was against a team (Derby) who belong to the top six. The third game was against a team (Rotherham) who were promoted from League One but all of the games were difficult and demanding. I imagine the same for this game.”
Tony Yeboah thunderb##%%#d versus Liverpool today in 1995. What a goal!
We’ve met before
Swansea City 3 Leeds 0 Champ Feb 2011
Swansea 3 Leeds 2 Div 1 Dec 2007
Swansea 2 Leeds 2 Div 2 May 1984
Swansea 5 Leeds 1 Div 1 Aug 1981
Swansea 0 Leeds 3 Div 2 Apr 1964
Swansea’s manager Graham Potter on the Leeds Head Coach Marcelo Bielsa: “I remember watching his Athletic Bilbao team against Manchester United, it was a fantastic performance. There’s not many in World Football, coaches-wise, that are as influential as he is.”
Leeds United midfielder Yosuke Ideguchi has joined Bundesliga second division side SpVgg Greuther Fürth on loan until the end of the 2018/19 season. They have also an option to buy the midfielder at the end of the loan period. Also on the move is full-back Laurens De Bock has today joined Belgian side K. V. Oostende. De Bock will spend the rest of the 2018/19 campaign on loan at the Jupiler Pro League side.
The 25 year-old joined Leeds from Club Brugge and went on to make seven appearances for the Whites.
Swansea City v Leeds
Team News: Leeds were originally unchanged but Liam Cooper was injured in the warm up. Jamie Shackleton comes in at right back, Ayling switches to centre half and is captain. Connor Shaughnessy comes into the substitutes in place of the injured Pontus Jansson, Oriel Rey replaces Shackleton.
Team: Peacock-Farrell, Shackleton, Ayling(c) Berardi(30 today), Douglas, Phillips (100th appearance), Klich, Alioski (50th appearance), Siaz, Hernandez, Roofe.
A late Pablo Hernandez strike sent Leeds to the top of the Championship. In a marvellous advert for the league it was an end to end game with both teams having the chance to claim the three points.
With Liam Cooper absent Swansea tested the pairing of Ayling and Berardi with some early pressure. Leeds withstood it but the ‘swagger’ of other games was missing and after dominating the first twenty odd minutes the hosts went in front. The ball was played by Celina and McBurnie shot under the body of Peacock-Farrell. They had opportunities to extend their lead but failed to do so, Leeds improved in the last fifteen minutes of the half and a superb run by youngster Jamie Shackleton just before half time set up Kemar Roofe for his fourth goal in five games. 1-1 at the break.
Jack Harrison replaced Ejzgan Alioski at the start of the second half after an ineffective first half by the winger. Swansea went back in front after fifty one minutes, Olsson’s Cross headed empathically past Peacock-Farrell by MOTM McBurnie. Leeds found an equaliser when substitute Bamford beat van der Hoom on the left touchline and sent a ball into the box that was superbly struck into the goal by Pablo Hernandez. The Spaniard didn’t celebrate as a mark of respect for his time at Swansea.
Both teams had a chance to win the game late on, Celina was brilliantly denied by Peacock-Farrell and Jack Harrison broke into the Swansea box but failed to get his shot on goal.
As I said earlier a great end to end game with a draw being a good result for Leeds. Next up Norwich City.
Leeds MOTM: Jamie Shackleton, in only his second start looked very impressive getting forward and made Roofe’s leveller.
Kemar Roofe🔥and Pablo Hernandez earn Leeds a point in Swansea.
Marcelo Bielsa: “It was a fair result. We didn't defend very well. It was hard for to control the game because we didn't win the ball back very well. But from an offensive point of view we had some actions. They dominated the first half and we balanced the level and could dominate at the end."
On going top of the Championship after a unbeaten five games: “What we’ve played so far is just a small part of the competition, I know it’s an important position to be first in the table but it doesn’t mean a lot.”
Graham Potter: “McBurnie is getting better and better, that's for sure. He's played different roles for us in the opening matches but he was fantastic today and that was a great reward for him and his work rate. His second goal was a fantastic finish of a real high level. He worked hard for the team with unselfish work, he's that type of player."
Despite the end of the winning run the Social Media reaction was still positive, players who received praise were Jamie Shackleton, Kemar Roofe, Lewis Baker and BPF. Bielsa was also mentioned for the decision to substitute Kalvin Phillips so early in the contest. Top of the league was also given cautious platitudes, remember we’ve done this before and it went ‘Pete Tong’, got a feeling this season might be a lot different.
David Watkins gives his thoughts on the hard fought but deserved draw at Swansea.
Thank you David.
Caleb Ekuban could be the latest player to leave Elland Road, the misfiring striker is rumoured to be moving back to Albania.
Laurens De Bock opened up to the Belgium media about why he left Leeds, working under Bielsa and why he returned to Belgium: "The previous coach (Paul Heckingbottom) wanted me to leave, but was fired in June.
Under Bielsa I did not have to leave last month, but after the arrival of a new left-back I thought it better to go.
Bielsa has a lot of appeal, it is as if he invented football. I learned a lot from his vision and philosophy, Leeds was an adventure in itself and I feel like I'm coming back (to Belgium) a bit more mature."
Barry Douglas on the recent results: “It was a difficult game, credit to Swansea they were right at it from the get go, It was a new situation for us to face but, you know, come May that point could be massive. I don't think we can be too disheartened. If you'd have said we would have taken three wins and a draw from the first four games we would have bitten your hand off.”
Marcelo Bielsa pre Norwich press conference: Out of the game; Liam Cooper, does not think the squad is stretched as other players have played well when they switched positions, Pontus Jansson is a doubt.
Has the Championship surprised the Head Coach: “Before starting the competition you can draw up an analysis, a table, with the rankings before the games are being played. You can establish a ranking before the start of the Championship, taking into account the budget, quality of players, strength of the institution. But then, when you play, the differences you see at the beginning are not evident, you don’t see them. There’s a term which says that you can win before playing because of the history you have as a club. They games you’ve played before and this doesn’t happen in the Championship.”
Changes for the game: “This coming Saturday, I don’t think so. For next Tuesday I’m sure.”
On Norwich: “Norwich is a team that plays better than the points they have. And they won their first game and I think we will play against them and they will have enthusaism very high, which is good for us.”
We’ve met before
Norwich 2 Leeds 1 Champ Apr 18
Norwich 2 Leeds 3 Champ Nov 16
Norwich 1 Leeds 1 Champ Oct 14
Norwich 1 Leeds 1 Champ Nov 10
Norwich 1 Leeds 0 Div 1 March 10
Norwich City have lost quite a few of last season’s squad and sit just outside the bottom three. It’s early days but unless their fortunes improve they may find it a struggle to even get in the top ten of the division. They have a striker that has been a thorn in Leeds’ side, Jordan Rhodes has a habit of getting on the scoresheet in recent years when playing Leeds.
Marcelo Bielsa might make changes the for the game, Kalvin Phillips on his hundredth appearance was hauled off after getting booked and losing the ball in the build up to the opening Swansea goal, his replacement Lewis Baker had a decent game and may be considered for the Norwich game. Another substitute Jack Harrison, despite missing a late opportunity is vying for a position in the starting eleven with Alioski. Kemar Roofe scored his fourth goal in five games should keep his place, despite Patrick Bamford setting up Pablo Hernandez for the equaliser.
The next week will see if Leeds follow up their enquires on various players, centre half’s are a must for me, the squad is too light in that area. Another winger and a midfielder would be a bonus.
Two long trips this week for Leeds but I’m confident that they can follow up the draw with Swansea with a win at Carrow Road. Leeds 2-1.
Norwich City v Leeds
Team News: One change for Leeds, Pontus Jansson replaces Jamie Shackleton.
Team: Peacock-Farrell, Ayling(c), Jansson, Berardi, Douglas, Phillips, Klich, Alioski, Siaz, Hernandez, Roofe.
Norwich have had a indifferent start but were good ‘early doors’ and created a couple of half chances before two goals by their visitors in five first half minutes killed the game as a contest, some of the movement before the actually goals was fantastic. The second especially was ‘football porn’, thirteen touches by the men in white shirts ended with a tremendous finish by Alioski. It typifying how the players are being trained to play this way. Marcelo Bielsa demands the maximum from his players and staff, so far both are delivering the ‘goods’.
The second half brought another superb goal by Pablo Hernandez to finally finish off their hosts (you probably won’t see a better goal all season) and Leeds could have added to their score, Siaz and substitute Bamford passing up good opportunities. The Spaniard(Pablo) is playing superbly to and deserved the applause he received on his substitution. He was without doubt the Man of the Match, although once again all the players on duty deserve credit. Well done lads.
Alioski shoots number two, Klich and MOTM Pablo Hernandez celebrate.
Leeds MOTM: Pablo Hernandez, superb third goal and excellent throughout the game.
Marcelo Bielsa: “ I think (Hernandez)is the player in our team who has had the biggest influence in our games so far. There is a great lucidity about his play - he always seems to instinctively know what to do for the needs of the team - and he can influence the game at the front, the middle and the back.”
"He can find a solution to a problem anywhere on the pitch and is always making the team more fluid with what he does. He can play in very tight spaces and is always bringing other people into the match, making them better players too. He is a silent leader for us - he does all these things without saying a word."
Daniel Farke: "Leeds are a good side, with a lot of quality, who play at a very high level and you could see why they are top of the league. But today I 100 per cent thought we could beat them. For the first 25 minutes we gave them lots of problems, probably the most problems any side has given them so far this season. But when you play like that you need to take your chances."
David Watkins on the rampant 3-0 victory at Carrow Road, pink dressing room et al.
Thank you David. Superb pictures too.
As positive as you like in Social Media, plaudits for Jansson, his 87% passing ratio was superb on his return to Championship action, Mr Hernandez without doubt getting the largest amount of praise for a sublime performance and goal.
Whisper it quietly the natives in Leeds 11 and surrounding area’s are pretty happy with the start to this season. The skill and style of their team impressing everybody apart from the opposition managers. Long may it continue!
By Keith Ingham