Patrick Bamford has told the official Leeds United podcast the difference in Marcelo Bielsa’s mood in the changing room after a win and a defeat – claiming that after a loss, he will go round and pat the Leeds players on the head.
Leeds have been excellent under the Argentine, perhaps defying pre-season expectations that the Leeds style might see them struggle against better opposition in the Premier League. Bielsa has tightened Leeds up of late, but kept their attacking prowess.
Sitting in 11th place and with 42 points from 30 league games, the Whites are looking up the table rather than over their shoulder – which is testament to the work and style of Bielsa. Now, Bamford has hinted what he is like in the changing rooms.
The Leeds striker, who has benefited from playing under Bielsa – scoring 14 and creating six this season – spoke about the differences between Bielsa’s behaviour when Leeds have won, or whether they have suffered a defeat.
“If we lose a game, or sometimes if we draw but definitely if we lose – there will be a chat in the changing room after. It isn’t a long chat, probably five minutes. A very small debrief. He’ll walk up and down and pat everyone on the head,” Bamford said.
“If we win, even if we don’t play well, he will be buzzing. He will high-five everyone, come over to people that are sat down and shake their hand, thanks all the physios and thank everybody and be really happy that we’ve won.”
TBR’s view – How far can Leeds go this season?
Sitting on 42 from 30 games, Leeds have basically what is a free hit for the remaining eight league games. Even if Leeds lost their remaining fixtures, the eventual finish would be a good one – with many happy to stay up. That is how good Leeds have been.
They take on both Manchester clubs and Liverpool in their next three games – so targeting anything above where they are right now might take a hit over the next fortnight. But if Leeds can finish in the middle third of the table, they will have done well.