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Christiansen successfully getting Leeds to emulate Barcelona's style

Thomas Christiansen manager of Leeds United looks on during the Sky Bet Championship match between Nottingham Forest and Leeds United at City Ground on August 26, 2017 in Nottingham,...

Thomas Christiansen was a product of Barcelona and he is now bringing that style to Leeds.

A Leeds fan celebrates after they score during the Sky Bet Championship match between Nottingham Forest and Leeds United at City Ground on August 26, 2017 in Nottingham, England.A Leeds fan celebrates after they score.

Leeds United beat Birmingham City 2-0 on Tuesday (September 12) night to record their fifth straight Championship victory and six out of seven games so far this season.

With Cardiff City losing at Preston North End they are now the only unbeaten side in the second tier of English football and have moved to the top of the table.

Thomas Christiansen manager of Leeds United looks on during the Sky Bet Championship match between Nottingham Forest and Leeds United at City Ground on August 26, 2017 in Nottingham,...Thomas Christiansen, manager of Leeds United.

It is still early days, but head coach Thomas Christiansen is already showing what he is all about and not to get carried away, but the Spaniard is genuinely emulating Barcelona.

Born in Denmark, Christiansen has a Spanish mother and two caps for the nation and came through the ranks at Barca during the 1990s when Johan Cruyff's Total Football influence could be felt throughout the club.

Although the 44-year-old never made it as a player with the Catalans a playing style was clearly ingrained in his psyche, just as it did with another disciple of Cruyff - Pep Guardiola.

Manchester City's Spanish manager Pep Guardiola watches from the touchline during the English Premier League football match between Manchester City and Liverpool at the Etihad Stadium in...Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola.

Now clearly there remains a huge gap in quality between Leeds and Barcelona or Guardiola's Manchester City, but the way Christiansen has his team playing comes from the same textbook.

The Whites now hunt in packs, operating as a unit to win the ball back and move it forwards quickly. The attack is now the first line of defence, but not in a negative way, rather to hound the opponents until they win back possession.

The team truly is a sum of all its parts and success relies on the players buying into what Christiansen is trying to implement upon them; plus it makes for exciting football. Fans shouldn't get carried away just yet, but this is a very promising start to the latest managerial era at Elland Road.

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