Leeds United players enjoyed playing in Jesse Marsch’s system last weekend, claims journalist Dean Jones.
The Whites went on to lose in the American’s first game in charge after conceding the sole goal to Harvey Barnes and Leicester City, but Jones believes the team really embraced having a new manager at the helm and will improve in the coming weeks.
How did Leeds perform in Marsch’s first game?
While Leeds were not able to win the match, they at least looked much more solid at the back.
Prior to that 1-0 loss at the King Power, the Yorkshire club had conceded a whopping 14 goals in their last three outings, with six of those coming in a humiliating 6-0 defeat to Liverpool.
Ultimately, there was an improvement, though the opposition this time around was obviously not as strong as some of the other teams they have faced recently. Nevertheless, Marsch was still pleased with what he saw.
“I’m not saying we were better, but in general I am very pleased after four days and where we changed a lot of tactical topics and changed a lot of what we are trying to accomplish, there was such clarity and we were able to execute in the game,” the 48-year-old said after the game (via The Athletic).
“What I found out is I know how hard they work, how committed they are, how intelligent they are, how proud they want to make the fans.”
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What has Jones said about Leeds under Marsch?
Jones thinks the team really enjoyed playing under Marsch and embraced the 4-2-3-1 system he went with on the day.
Speaking to GIVEMESPORT, the insider said: “I think most of the players seemed to enjoy it, embraced it, and I think between now and the end of the season, we’ll undoubtedly see an improvement in this Leeds team.
“They just need to make sure they can find the edge now and get the results that they need to keep them up.”
Can Leeds stay up?
It is very tight down at the bottom, but Leeds, who welcome Aston Villa to Elland Road on Thursday night, certainly have the quality to.
They have some talented players in Raphinha, Patrick Bamford and Kalvin Phillips but have unfortunately not been able to keep them all fit this season. Had the English duo steered clear of injury, it could have been a completely different campaign for Leeds.
Thankfully for Marsch, Bamford, who scored 17 Premier League goals last term, is back in contention after making the bench against Leicester. Get him fit and firing again and that could be enough to keep Leeds up come May.