Pundit claims ‘Sunday League’ Bielsa will send Leeds down

Date published: Thursday 24th February 2022 10:39 - Will Ford

Leeds United boss Bielsa

Gabby Agbonlahor claims Marcelo Bielsa “will get Leeds relegated” and that “Sunday League managers have better tactical awareness”.

Leeds are now just three points above the relegation zone after Liverpool thumped them 6-0 on Wednesday night.


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Bielsa’s side have just one point from their last five Premier League games, conceding 17 goals in the process.

And Agbonlahor says he is “baffled” by Bielsa’s tactics.

He told talkSPORT: “I’ve been saying this for a long time and people have been getting on my back about it.

“I’ve seen Sunday League managers can have better tactical awareness than Marcelo Bielsa.

“There’s knowing the game inside/out isn’t there, but managing in the Premier League against top top teams and you are going man-for-man.

“How many times are they going to concede over 20 shots? How many times are they going to be popped?

“This is a record, you know, losing 6-0 and 7-0 in one season. It’s a record since 1933.

“Bielsa, and I’ve been saying this for a long time, yes getting Leeds promoted and last season was amazing.

“I called it last season, second season syndrome and everyone is going to find them out. Everyone is going to enjoy playing against them.

“Look at the game yesterday. You are playing against one of the best teams in the world and you are going man-for-man.

“Honestly, if I was a Leeds player I would be on the phone to my agent after the game saying ‘he’s killing us’.

“I’m baffled by Leeds. I don’t want to hear about bravery or that they’re an entertaining team to watch.

“I was listening to the show last night and Leeds fans want a change. They want someone who is going to keep them in the Premier League.

“Bielsa could play against a world star XI and he’d go man-for-man. His tactics are stubborn and he’s going to get Leeds relegated.

“I’ve got my coaching badges and I’m going to say it: I’d do a better job than Bielsa at Leeds at the moment.

“I’d go to Liverpool and have them set up better than he did.”

 

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