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From Spygate to playoff heartbreak: Marcelo Bielsa’s Leeds United tenure so far

Leeds are ready to activate their option to extend Marcelo Bielsa‘s stay at Elland Road for another year. But the 63-year-old Argentinian gave no guarantees over his future after his side’s heartbreaking Sky Bet Championship play-off semi-final defeat to Derby. Here, Press Association Sport charts Bielsa’s timeline at Elland Road. Leeds owner Andrea Radrizzani, left, introduced Marcelo Bielsa to English football last summer (Mike Egerton/PA) June 15, 2018: Leeds made Bielsa the Sky Bet Championship’s highest-paid manager when appointing him as Paul Heckingbottom’s replacement. The Argentinian shook hands on a three-year agreement, with the club having the option to extend his stay at the end of each year. September 18, 2018: Bielsa’s side set the early s...

Marcelo Bielsa refuses to discuss Leeds future after playoff heartbreak

Marcelo Bielsa is ready to consider an offer to extend his stay at Leeds, but gave no guarantees over his future after his side’s play-off heartbreak. Leeds, top of the table with nine games of the regular season left, missed out on a top-two finish and blew a second chance of promotion by losing 4-3 on aggregate to Derby in their Sky Bet Championship play-off semi-final. Bielsa and Leeds have in place a three-year agreement, which gives the club the option of extending his contract at the end of each season for another 12 months. Leeds manager Marcelo Bielsa is dejected after defeat to Derby (Nick Potts/PA). The agreement allows for Bielsa to leave, should he choose, at the end of each year, with clauses in place to protect Leeds if he took charge at another club. Had Leeds gone on ...

Result: Derby County stun Leeds United to reach Championship playoff final

Derby County beat Leeds United 4-2 at Elland Road and 4-3 on aggregate to set up a Championship playoff final clash with Midlands rivals Aston Villa. Derby County have booked a place in the Championship playoff final with a remarkable 4-2 victory over Leeds United at Elland Road, recovering from a two-goal aggregate deficit to progress through 4-3 on aggregate. The Rams, trailing 1-0 from Saturday’s first leg, found themselves with a mountain to climb when Stuart Dallas found a way through 24 minutes in. County boss Frank Lampard brought on Jack Marriott towards the end of the first half, though, and that proved an inspired change as the striker kickstarted his side’s comeback following a big error at the back from Kiko Casilla and Liam Cooper. Mason Mount levelled up the tie l...

Preview: Leeds United vs. Derby County – prediction, team news, lineups

Sports Mole previews the Championship playoff semi-final second leg between Leeds United and Derby County, including team news and predicted lineups. Leeds United are in control of their Championship playoff semi-final against Derby County as they take a 1-0 lead into Wednesday’s second leg at Elland Road. Kemar Roofe scored the only goal 55 minutes into the controversial first leg in the East Midlands to leave Leeds’ destiny in their own hands. Leeds © Reuters As witnessed in the Champions League last week, and indeed in the other playoff semi-final between West Bromwich Albion and Aston Villa, a one-goal lead is hardly enough to be comfortable. Leeds boss Marcelo Bielsa admitted as much after Saturday’s match, pointing out that there are still 90 more minutes to play in...

Kemar Roofe ruled out for Leeds with calf injury

Leeds have been dealt an injury blow as Kemar Roofe has been ruled out of the return leg of their Sky Bet Championship play-off semi-final against Derby. Roofe’s 15th goal of the season secured Leeds a 1-0 win on Saturday at Pride Park in the first leg, but he will play no part at Elland Road on Wednesday due to a calf strain. Patrick Bamford is expected to start in Roofe’s absence after serving a two-game ban, while Pontus Jansson remains doubtful and Adam Forshaw, Tyler Roberts, Barry Douglas and Gjanni Alioski are definitely out. “Forshaw won’t be available,” Bielsa said. “Jansson will (on Tuesday) try to work normally. And we will see how he is. “Roofe won’t be available either. Kemar’s problem is more simple than Adam’s, but ...

Result: Kemar Roofe strikes as Leeds United secure first-leg advantage

Kemar Roofe scores the only goal of the match as Leeds United record a 1-0 win over Derby County in the first leg of their Championship playoff semi-final at Pride Park. Kemar Roofe scored the only goal of the match as Leeds United recorded a 1-0 win over Derby County in the first leg of their Championship playoff semi-final at Pride Park. Both teams had chances during an open and entertaining affair, but Roofe’s 55th-minute strike was the difference as Leeds secured an advantage ahead of the second leg at Elland Road on Wednesday night. There was a hugely controversial moment in the latter stages, though, when Derby were awarded a penalty before the decision was overturned by referee Craig Pawson‘s assistant. © Reuters The first real chance of the match fell to Derby in the ei...

Leeds fan gets tattoo reading “2019 playoff winners”

“Sometimes it’s just written in the stars,” said Jamie Richardson. But his predictions haven’t always been accurate… One Leeds United fan is so confident his side will win the Championship playoffs that he’s had it tattooed on himself. Jamie Richardson, from Allerton Bywater, West Yorkshire had the inking done on his shoulder ahead of Leeds’ Championship semi-final against Derby County. It reads: “Leeds United 2019 Championship Playoff winners.” “We’ll absolutely rip them to bits,” he said, predicting a 3-0 victory over Frank Lampard’s Rams. “Sometimes it’s just written in the stars.” The tattoo also reads “in Bielsa we trust”, and Richardson has full faith in the Argentine to steer ...

Preview: Derby County vs. Leeds United – prediction, team news, lineups

Sports Mole previews the Championship playoff semi-final first leg between Derby and Leeds, including predictions, team news and head-to-head records. Derby County and Leeds United face off at Pride Park on Saturday evening in the first leg of their Championship playoff semi-final. The Rams finished nine points worse off than their opponents at the end of the regular season, yet they are the side in better form heading into this showdown in the East Midlands. Derby © Reuters Whereas Leeds have had a couple of weeks to gear themselves up for the playoffs, giving Marcelo Bielsa the luxury of being able to rotate his side slightly, Derby did not nail down sixth place until the final day of the campaign. A 1-1 draw with Swansea City in their penultimate game left the door open for Middlesbroug...

Leeds boss Marcelo Bielsa praised for letting Aston Villa score

Leeds manager Marcelo Bielsa‘s decision to allow Aston Villa to walk in a goal drew widespread praise on social media. Former Argentina boss Bielsa ordered his team to let Villa score after Mateusz Klich had broken the deadlock in controversial circumstances in their Championship clash at Elland Road. The most controversial goal of the season, bar NONE! 😲 Leeds United score whilst Aston Villa’s Jonathan Kodjia is down injured 🤕A mass brawl kicks off! 👊Anwar El Ghazi gets sent off 🔴 pic.twitter.com/BHbLhr2uGb — Soccer AM (@SoccerAM) April 28, 2019 Klich was played in by Tyler Roberts as, with Jonathan Kodjia down injured, the Villa players appeared to stop playing under the assumption Leeds would put the ball out for a throw-in. A huge melee followed, in which Anwar El Ghazi wa...

Marcelo Bielsa admits Leeds promotion is “difficult” after Brentford loss

Leeds boss Marcelo Bielsa admitted his side’s automatic promotion chances are looking gloomy after their 2-0 Sky Bet Championship defeat at Brentford. Neal Maupay gave Brentford the lead on the stroke of half-time when he curled a stunning 25-yard drive past Leeds keeper Kiko Casilla and Sergi Canos put the game beyond doubt just after the hour mark when he finishedoff a slick four-man move. The result leaves Leeds three points behind second-placed Sheffield United and with an inferior goal difference, with just two matches remaining. Bielsa said: “I am very sad with today’s loss and it’s going to be very difficult but as long as maths say something we will follow this. But we know our opportunity is now less.” The Argentinian shook every one of his players...

Championship roundup: Norwich made to wait for promotion despite Leeds slip-up

Sky Bet Championship leaders Norwich were forced to wait to secure promotion to the Premier League after being held to a 2-2 draw by Stoke. The Canaries could have sealed top spot with victory at the Bet365 Stadium but they had to settle for a point for a fourth game in succession. That allowed Sheffield United to cut the gap at the top to three points but Norwich will still return to the top flight if they take a point from either of their two remaining games. Four draws on the bounce. #ncfc pic.twitter.com/ZfgobKHxWB — Norwich City FC (@NorwichCityFC) April 22, 2019 Onel Hernandez fired Daniel Farke’s side ahead against Stoke after 24 minutes but the Potters responded after the break through Ashley Williams. Teemu Pukki, netting his 28th league goal of the season, restored Norwich&...

Result: Promotion-chasing Leeds slump to damaging Brentford defeat

Brentford dealt Leeds’ hopes of an automatic return to the Premier League a hammer blow with a thrilling 2-0 win at Griffin Park. Neal Maupay gave Brentford the lead on the stroke of half time when he curled a stunning 25-yard drive past Leeds keeper Kiko Casilla. Sergi Canos, a thorn in the visitors’ side down the left throughout the first half, slid the Frenchman in with a slide-rule through ball for him to notch his 27th of the season. And Canos put the game beyond doubt just after the hour mark when he finished off a slick four-man move to dink the ball over the keeper to seal the three points. The setback means Marcelo Bielsa‘s Leeds now sit in third, three points behind Sheffield United with just two games remaining. The half time score was harsh on Leeds, who had t...

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