Pundit View: Paul Merson has massively underestimated Marcelo Bielsa

When speaking on Sky Sports (Via Daily Express) Paul Merson seemingly forgot who he was talking about when addressing Leeds’ playoff hopes.

The former Arsenal midfielder claimed that the Whites will be at a disadvantage as they don’t know who their opponents for the semi-final will be until a later date.

Although with Marcelo Bielsa’s immaculate preparation for every possible outcome that shouldn’t be a problem.

What’s been said then?

Merson believes that Leeds’ opponents will be at an advantage heading into the playoffs as they know who they will be facing off against.

The Yorkshire club are waiting on results on the final day to see who will clinch the final playoff spot as Derby, Bristol City and Middlesbrough all have a shot of making the playoffs.

Speaking on Sky Sports Merson said:

“Villa and West Brom sort of know each other they are going to be playing each other, Leeds won’t have a clue who they are playing yet.

“Because there are three teams, they have got to wait to literally the last day of the season to know if it’s going to be Bristol City, Derby or Middlesbrough.”

Underestimating Bielsa

Has Merson not heard about Bielsa’s tendency to over-prepare when heading into matches?

The Argentine has spied on opponentscreated documents and used extensive scouting to gain an advantage ahead of games this season.

The pundit is mistaken if he believes that Leeds will come into the playoff semi-final underprepared.

The Whites’ manager will know everything about his opposition, even more so if Derby can seal sixth spot.

Frank Lampard’s side were the victims of the Spygate scandal earlier in the season and the infamous powerpoint presentation about the Midlands club is still fresh in the memory of every Rams fan.

The Argentine may have a higher workload in terms of preparing for the playoff semi-final as there are three teams he could potentially face.

The size of the task won’t stop the former Marseille manager doing his research on every team. The man is a workaholic. He has even had a bedroom installed in the club’s training ground so he can work around the clock.

Merson has seriously underestimated Bielsa with these comments. There is no doubt that he will have done the necessary work to be ready for all three of his potential opponents.