Swansea City breached the Elland Road fortress on Saturday afternoon and suddenly Leeds United are feeling a little vulnerable in their own home.
Marcelo Bielsa’s side were all but impenetrable in front of their own, typically vociferous supporters last season but there is a nagging concern that they have been ‘found out’.
Leeds have won just one of their last seven games at Elland Road with Swansea the latest side to catch the Championship favourites unawares.
Swansea soaked up the pressure throughout, made block after block and nicked a winner from Wayne Routledge via some old-fashioned, penalty-box pinball. This was pretty much the perfect example of how to not only stop Bielsa’s fearsome side but how to beat them too.
And new Swans boss Steve Cooper, who is making this managerial lark look easy since returning to club football, obviously arrived in West Yorkshire with a plan in place.
“We came here to win that's for sure, there are obvious areas to exploit against Leeds,” the England U20 boss, who led the Young Lions to World Cup glory in 2017, told Wales Online.
“Although we didn't do it quite as well with the ball in the first half the second half we looked quite dangerous.”
One key phrase is worth repeating; ‘obvious areas to exploit’. Now that is a worrying statement for Leeds fans who are fearing a repeat of last season’s agonising near miss.
Inspired by the evergreen Pablo Hernandez and a reborn Patrick Bamford, Leeds look as ruthless as ever on the road when teams come out and leave gaps at the back. But Bielsa must tap into that magical managerial mind and figure out how to break down teams who come to Elland Road content to sit deep and take their chances with a late set piece.
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