Alan Shearer lauded Jesse Marsch after Leeds win against Chelsea
Alan Shearer has lauded Jesse Marsch as he named the Leeds United boss as his manager of the week on the Premier League website, suggesting that his game-plan against Chelsea worked to perfection.
Leeds produced arguably their best display since promotion on Sunday. They went into the game off the back of a promising start to the new campaign. But the jury was still somewhat out on Marsch.
Marsch had not helped himself with his lack of action seemingly costing Leeds in their 2-2 draw with Southampton. Ralph Hasenhuttl’s men came from 2-0 down as Marsch waited too long to make changes.
But he came up with the perfect response against Thomas Tuchel’s side. Leeds blew Chelsea away with a 3-0 win, with Brenden Aaronson, Rodrigo and Jack Harrison all getting goals.
It is a result that few would have seen coming. Chelsea had been superb against Tottenham the previous week. And Leeds had not tested themselves against one of the top sides.
Marsch silenced a lot of his doubters. And Leeds’ performance prompted Shearer to name him as the manager for his team of the week, with the pundit full of praise for the American.
“His game plan worked to perfection, as his side recorded a famous victory,” he told the Premier League website.
Shearer lauded Jesse Marsch
Marsch has had to deal with a lot since arriving at Leeds. He replaced an iconic figure in Marcelo Bielsa. And it was not a decision that united the fanbase to move Bielsa on.
Marsch handled the transition brilliantly. He did enough to acknowledge just what Bielsa did for the club. But he also came in with an energy that the side desperately needed.
Ultimately, the main thing is that Leeds stayed up. But Marsch still had to deal with many lazy stereotypes. It is hard to imagine many Premier League managers have ever had to discuss their nationality more.
It was fair to suggest that it was not yet clear whether Marsch would be the right man to take Leeds forward.
But those doubts have potentially been put to bed. Obviously, there are going to be some trickier times ahead. However, the potential the side have under Marsch is becoming abundantly clear.
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