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Leeds United will not abandon offensive principles, boss Marcelo Bielsa says after consecutive 4-1 defeats

Marcelo Bielsa insists that Leeds will not give up on its offensive principles, despite consecutive 4-1 Premier League defeats to Crystal Palace and Leicester City earlier this month.

  • Marcelo Bielsa’s men are in 15th place after two heavy defeats in November
  • Leeds now has the second worst defense in the league with 17 goals conceded
  • Only West Bromwich Albion has a flat rearguard in the top flight this season

Marcelo Bielsa is adamant that he will not change his attacking principles despite Leeds United’s reality check in the Premier League.

Their exciting start has been stalled with consecutive 4-1 defeats and they will be in the bottom half when facing Arsenal on Sunday.

Bielsa could be forgiven for trying something more pragmatic, but he said, ‘I’m taking risks so the game can be beautiful. The second option would mean I don’t care, I would do anything to win.

Leeds United are in 15th place after consecutive 4-1 defeats to Crystal Palace and Leicester City

Leeds United are in 15th place after consecutive 4-1 defeats to Crystal Palace and Leicester City

Trying to attack is what the fans want, although we have to try to be efficient with the style we choose.

‘You have to choose a way to play. It doesn’t mean what I’m saying is the right way. You just have to choose a way and any circumstance in which it is not going well is considered bad.

“Constructing a style of play takes a lot of time and destroying it only takes one moment.”

Pep Guardiola’s and Mauricio Pochettino’s mentor wants to reduce individual mistakes instead of putting safety first.

Bielsa has been a longtime admirer in Pep Guardiola and will not budge on his attacking principles

Bielsa has been a longtime admirer in Pep Guardiola and will not budge on his attacking principles

Bielsa has been a longtime admirer in Pep Guardiola and will not budge on his attacking principles

‘We have to keep attacking well and reduce errors. Not to lose the ball on our own half and to finish the attack in the other half so that there is no counter.

“We have to squeeze their half so they don’t get into ours easily.”

He added dismissively, “Do we have to go long every time? Only attack when the opponent makes a mistake? Instead of pressing their half, wait with 11 behind the ball? ‘

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