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Scouting Report - A look at Leeds United

THEY currently occupy 2nd place in the Championship - we take a closer look at our opponents on Saturday, Leeds United.


Marcelo Bielsa
Age - 63

Previous clubs managed

Newell's Old Boys, Atlas, América, Vélez Sarsfield, Espanyol, Argentina (national team) , Chile (national team), Athletic Bilbao, Marseille, Lazio, Lille

Career High-Point

Won league titles with Newell’s Old Boys and Velez Sarfield in Argentina. Won the 2004 Olympics with the Argentinian national football team.

Preferred managerial style

High press and possession-based football.

Managerial record at Leeds

Games 22 Wins 12 Draws 6 Lost 4

Marcelo Bielsa’s record against QPR

Games 0

Formation and tactical approach

Leeds will play a 4-1-4-1 formation which involves a lot of rotation amongst the front players, short passing and dominating the game with strong possession of the ball. Defensively the Whites are also solid with a clear emphasis on winning the ball back from the front.

Last game and performance

Leeds came out victorious in a local derby against Sheffield United, defeating the Blades 1-0 at Bramall Lane on Saturday. The Whites weren’t quite at their free-flowing best offensively but were defensively sound and capitalised on a poor goalkeeping error to win three valuable points.

Key Player

Pablo Hernandez – The former Spanish international is one of the best attacking midfielders in this division and his pass and move style perfectly fits into the philosophy of manager Marcelo Bielsa.

One to Watch

Kemar Roofe – Scored four goals against QPR last season including a hat-trick at Loftus Road. The frontman has already netted on eight occasions this campaign.