Leeds United pulled off a remarkable comeback to triumph over Aston Villa by a 3-2 scoreline on Sunday afternoon.
The Whites were 2-0 down at half-time, and Dean Smith’s home side looked comfortable. However, Bielsa’s half-time substitution proved inspired, as Jack Clarke’s volley pulled one back for the visitors. That goal sparked the comeback which was completed deep into stoppage time by Kemar Roofe, whose late goal secured a 3-2 victory for Leeds.
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Whilst huge amounts of credit have to go to the players, especially the likes of Roofe, Pontus Jansson and Pablo Hernandez, the Leeds manager Marcelo Bielsa also deserves plenty of plaudits.
When the Argentine coach arrived at Elland Road, Leeds were a club in stasis. Mere months later and they’re set to be top of the Championship table on Christmas Day.
After the triumph at Villa Park, plenty of Leeds fans took to Twitter to sing the praises of Bielsa…
Quality football and a never say die attitude from a young team Brendan. Bielsa effect evident in the style of football and confidence despite the injuries. Decisive substitutions by Bielsa as usual turned the game. Clarke is a great talent.
— jarpar (@jarpar) 23 December 2018
God = Marcelo Bielsa https://t.co/3PozVqE32H
— stats (@lufcstats) 23 December 2018
Bielsa has turned last seasons ‘dead wood’ and a bunch of kids into a top of the table team, unbelievable, unless you do not know Leeds then it’s impossible to really know how much an achievement that is
— Mark (@jagslasvegas) 23 December 2018
Jack, terrific goal, first of many in a Leeds shirt. Keep developing and learning from the master that is Marcelo Bielsa
— Conor Ryan (@ConorLufc) 23 December 2018
The Don: 53%
Tommy C: 45%
— Stephen Cree #FBPE (@stephencree) 23 December 2018
How many other teams have a coach so clever as Bielsa ? Watches youth games, gets involved with all aspects of the Academy. Ensures the youth teams play with his philosophies of football so when they are needed they dovetail into the team immediately. The mans a genius
— Dom R (@dommer14) 23 December 2018