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Milanic at Sturm Graz - Three conclusions from his time in Austria

Darko Milanic, tipped to be the next Leeds United boss, has endured a difficult time at Sturm Graz in Austria.

Darko Milanic has been tipped to become the next manager of Leeds United but what exactly can Whites fans learn from his time in charge of Sturm Graz in the Austrian Bundesliga.

The side finished fifth in the 2013/2014 season with a record of 13 wins, nine draws and 14 defeats from all games eventually finishing the season on 48 points. They scored and conceded a total of 55 goals during that campaign.

All of the sides that finished above them that season scored more goals but Milanic’s team had a better defence, by some distance, compared to Grodig who conceded 71 goals despite finishing third.

That suggests that Milanic sets his teams up to be defensively solid before moving forward to try and express themselves in attack.

However, the stats for the side so far in 2014/2015 have shown Sturm Graz struggling at both ends with a record of just two wins from the side’s opening eight games this season.

The defence has again been solid, conceding just one more goal than the side in third place while the attack has scored only 11 goals in the eight league games.

Here are three things Leeds fans can draw about his teams as a result.

Defensive Organisation – Milanic clearly likes his teams to be defensively shrewd. That would allow Leeds to become a very difficult team to beat, increasing their chances of snatching tight games, where they may not be too much creativity in open play.

Consistency – It looks as though it may be a problem. At times, Milanic’s Sturm Graz side play freely in attack but at times they also struggle. The trick for Leeds if he becomes manager is to find consistency at both ends as the team climbs the Championship table. His side have won just three of their last 13 matches.

Pressure – He’s coached one of the biggest teams in Austria so he’ll be well suited to the pressure which comes hand in hand with the job at Leeds United. The inconsistency which has been attached to his team will mean he’s experienced in terms of how to protect his players.

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