Report: Marcelo Bielsa pondering changing tactic at Leeds United

20th July 2019, Bankwest Stadium, Sydney, Australia; International friendly football match, Western Sydney Wanderers FC versus Leeds United; Marcelo Bielsa of Leeds United before kick off

Leeds United boss Marcelo Bielsa is considering utilising a 3-3-1-3 system at Elland Road.

20th July 2019, Bankwest Stadium, Sydney, Australia; International friendly football match, Western Sydney Wanderers FC versus Leeds United; Marcelo Bielsa of Leeds United before kick off

According to the Daily Mail, Leeds United boss Marcelo Bielsa is considering switching to a 3-3-1-3 formation this season.

Bielsa utilised the tactic while managing Chile, and it is understood to be his favourite tactical system.

Bielsa felt it was too revolutionary to try at Leeds last term, and operated with a more conventional 4-3-3.

 

However, with Leeds’ squad staying fairly similar this summer, the Whites’ team now have a year of playing under Bielsa under their belts, and there is a feeling that they are capable of coping.

If Bielsa does switch Leeds’ style it would be a drastic change, and a risk.

Coach of Leeds United Marcelo Bielsa looks on during the match between the Western Sydney Wanderers and Leeds United at Bankwest Stadium on July 20, 2019 in Sydney, Australia.

Bielsa likes the system because it allows his players more creative freedom in the final third, and gives his teams options between the lines.

If Leeds can perform it as successfully as Chile did under Bielsa’s guidance then it could be a masterstroke.

Leeds begin their season this weekend, when they take on Bristol City, and it could be the first chance for Whites fans to get a look at Bielsa’s new tactic.

Marcelo Bielsa manager of Leeds Utd shouts instructions to his players during the Sky Bet Championship Play off Semi Final 1st leg match between Derby County and Leeds United at the Pride...

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