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Marching on together: Bielsa and Leeds show team spirit as wait goes on | Football

Leeds United captain Liam Cooper.

The plinth supporting the landmark statue of Billy Bremner outside Elland Road bears a simple, yet evocative, message. “Side before self, every time,” it declares, reminding everyone of the former Leeds United captain’s personal mantra. In a very different way, and a much altered context, Marcelo Bielsa’s Leeds are now …

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Marcelo Bielsa: a method actor in football’s theatre of the absurd | Football

Luke Ayling spectacularly volleys in Leeds’ opening goal against Huddersfield on Saturday.

It’s happening. Mateusz Klich plays a delicious back-heel to Pablo Hernández. It’s definitely happening. Hernández plays a first-time pass into the space that will shortly be occupied by Jack Harrison. This is not a drill. Harrison takes a look, doesn’t like what he sees, takes a touch, takes another look, …

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Pontus Jansson: ‘Bielsa had bad sides but I learned so much from him’ | Football

Pontus Jansson (left) in discussion with Marcelo Bielsa (fourth from the left) during the game against Aston Villa in April, 2019.

“I think I was almost this tall, 1.94m [6ft 4in] but like 25kg [4st] less,” says Pontus Jansson, smiling as he recalls his previous life as a prodigious striker. For an 18-year-old in the academy at Malmö, whose club crest is emblazoned on his right arm, Zlatan Ibrahimovic was a …

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