December 24 (Reuters) – Leeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa launched a media network on Thursday, saying there are people trying to ‘destabilize’ his team with opinions on why the club has to change its style of play to succeed.
While Bielsa’s attacking philosophy has earned praise in many parts for the fun, others have doubted it, the promoted Leeds conceded more goals than he scored to take 14th place in the standings.
Leeds were defeated 6-2 at Manchester United on Sunday, leading to more criticism of Bielsa’s style while Ole Gunnar Solskjaer led the riots at Old Trafford. But Bielsa said the result should not be a basis for questioning their tactics.
“I don’t worry too much about what journalists think. I always listen, read and try to get the best possible message out of what is written, ”Bielsa told reporters ahead of Sunday’s home game against Burnley.
“What worries me is that what is written affects the public, reduces the ability to understand the public. Also (they) try to destabilize by suggesting to players that the style needs to change.
“It happens when the results allow it. It doesn’t matter if in the previous game, before the United game, the opinion was completely different. Of course, the substance of the attempt to draw a conclusion is the amount of goals we have received. “
Bielsa explained that while United won convincingly, both teams dominated the game, but it was the hosts who turned their chances around, while Leeds did not despite creating more.
However, the Argentine said he was surpassed by Solskjaer’s tactics to play two central midfielders in Fred and Scott McTominay which threw the key to the job.
“With this decision, the United manager was superior to me in the way I envisioned the game,” Bielsa added. “It helped balance their defense system and I didn’t think the key to the game would be with the two central midfielders.”
Bielsa said after the game that he would not abandon his principles and reiterated the need for weaker teams to take risks in the interest of English football.
“I will always gamble to make the injury minor, even if there is a risk of it being repaired,” Bielsa said.
“That’s why I say that English football is one of the few altars to be valued, in an attempt to be better, even if the opponent was superior in the end.
“It is clear that this was no longer the case. Viewers have started to think this way, which I think will affect English football. “(Report by Rohith Nair of Bengaluru; editing by Ken Ferris)