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Report: What Jesse Marsch has been telling Leeds United players about Marcelo Bielsa's tactics behind the scenes
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Report: What Jesse Marsch has been telling Leeds United players about Marcelo Bielsa's tactics behind the scenes

Jesse Marsch has been talking about former Leeds United boss Marcelo Bielsa behind the scenes, according to The Athletic.

It’s been reported that Marsch still refers to his predecessor in training, and wants his squad to retain some of the traits he developed.

The Athletic says that Marsch wants his players to keep the ‘character and personality’ that were a clear part of Bielsa’s tactics and apply it to his own methods.

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Marsch’s methods are certainly working so far this season, with Leeds unbeaten after three matches.

Not only that, they convincingly defeated Chelsea at Elland Road on Sunday, and there were glimpses of Bielsa’s influence in their performance.

Leeds outran their opponents by more than 10km, and that work rate was one of the key aspects of Bielsa’s tactics.

Marsch has been talking about Bielsa

It’s early days this season, but it does look like Marsch’s influence on this Leeds side is starting to appear.

One of his new signings, Brenden Aaronson, scored the opener against Chelsea with a tireless piece of pressing, catching Edouard Mendy in possession.

The American has played under Marsch on two separate occasions, and knows exactly what his fellow countryman demands from his players.

Marsch has been praised for his approach against Chelsea, and will be hoping this good form continues when they play another surprise package in Brighton on Saturday.

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Brighton defender Joel Veltman says he already knows what to expect from Leeds.

However, there are some key differences to Leeds’ approach now that Marsch has had more time with the squad.

Although they still press sides relentlessly, Marsch no longer requires players to man mark their opposite number.

This relaxation of players’ roles appears to have made them more defensively solid, but the groundwork done by Bielsa in improving players’ fitness levels has allowed Marsch to play this way.

If Marsch talking about Bielsa has inspired this start to the season, Leeds fans will be hoping he continues to do so for the foreseeable future.

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