Marcelo Bielsa’s resolution to maintain enjoying an expansive model of soccer at Manchester City has been severely criticised by Joleon Lescott, who has additionally appeared to query the excessive esteem the Leeds boss is held in.
It’s the morning after the night time earlier than so far as Leeds are involved. A 7-0 trouncing at Manchester City represents their heaviest-ever Premier League defeats and one of many worst of their proud 101-year historical past. You can see how we rated and slated the gamers on the Etihad, with solely two Leeds gamers incomes some semblance of reward.
Leeds discovered themselves 2-0 down after simply 13 minutes as City set the tone from nearly the primary kick. They have been 3-0 behind on the interval, with half-time coming as a aid to Bielsa’s aspect.
However, they continued to play their expansive model of soccer within the second half as City rattled in 4 extra. The Whites, nonetheless, have been barely capable of lay a glove on City in a completely one-sided affair.
After the match, Lescott was removed from impressed and had some severe questions concerning the Leeds method.
“I just find it baffling that Bielsa gets so much credit for being this unique tactician. But yet he hasn’t been able to see that what he was doing in the first half, how they were playing, wasn’t going to be any different in the second half,” Lescott mentioned.
“It doesn’t surprise me after seeing the first half that they conceded seven goals.”
Hargreaves equally unimpressed
Owen Hargreaves was in settlement with Lescott, admitting it was unusual to see Leeds nonetheless enjoying such an open sport.
“They stored attempting to play at 5, six nil and as Joleon was saying, you’ll’ve thought they’d try to tighten up a little bit bit defensively however they didn’t.
“They kept trying to play, kept trying to score. He plays his way, that’s his way of playing and I think that’s his biggest loss ever,” he mentioned.
Lescott then added: “It wasn’t shocking that City received the sport and even the primary half wasn’t a shock. That’s what City can do groups and we’ve seen that. The second half was the disappointing factor.
“I’m it, change one thing, give your gamers an opportunity to place up a struggle for morale functions.
“You lose 3-0 to Man City you’re disappointed. But if you lose 7-0 then training is hard, motivation in the next game can be hard as well.”
Bielsa affords no excuses
Bielsa himself put the blame fully on himself as he conceded seven targets in a single sport for the primary time in his 568-game managerial profession.
When requested by BBC Match of the Day if he thought the sport could be that tough beforehand, Bielsa mentioned: “No manner. I didn’t assume the variations could be those we noticed.
“They didn’t shock me. What I’m saying is that we didn’t do something nicely. Didn’t defend nicely, we didn’t handle the ball, there’s nothing to remove from the sport.
“When a workforce, the person and collective don’t have anything value valuing it isn’t the issue of the people however the conduction.
“Coming into this sport we knew what we needed to stop the opponent from doing. Nothing surprising occurred, nothing shocking.
“We got here to do what we anticipated and we weren’t capable of do it.
“This is clearly a problem with the conduction.”