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Pundit predicts exciting first glimpse of Jesse Marsch, Leeds tactics with indirect Bielsa role crucial

Jesse Marsch Leeds United March 2022

Jesse Marsch will change Leeds to a high-pressing team but the players will have no problems adapting after working with Marcelo Bielsa, one pundit has said.

The Whites are entering a new era under their American coach Marsch. Leeds had identified the former RB Leipzig boss as a target if Bielsa left at the end of the season.

However, Leeds owner Andrea Radrizzani brought that plan forward. Following a major downturn in form, the Whites regretfully ended Bielsa’s tenure at Elland Road last Sunday.

Bielsa’s intense man-marking system had its benefits when it worked. But when things went wrong, Leeds ended up conceding 17 goals in their past four games.

As a result, Marsch revealed his plans to adjust the tactics. The coach added that he has “a million things” he wants to implement. Nevertheless, he stressed that simple steps will prove crucial.

Speaking to Football Insider, Danny Mills insisted the American’s football intelligence has impressed him. The pundit also hailed Marsch’s appreciation of Leeds’ battle against relegation.

“He’s talked about soccer and Ted Lasso and he’s been very respectful of Marcelo Bielsa,” Mills added.

“He’s handled himself very, very well in a difficult situation where the fans are going to take a little bit of time to get used to him. How he’s acted and what he’s said has been very, very good.”

Marsch impact at Leeds predicted

Jesse Marsch new Leeds manager during RB Leipzig days

Mills went on to suggest that Marsch will implement a high-pressing style at Leeds. While some bottom-half teams may struggle adapting to a new manager, the pundit claimed the Whites will have no such issues after Bielsa’s exit.

“He has to move away from the man-marking because it’s clearly not been working,” the pundit said.

“I still think he will want to play with a high-press and energy from the team. He might even go with a double-pivot to protect that back-four and sure things up in the middle of the park.

“The one big advantage he has got, most managers come into a club that’s down the bottom and the first thing they say is ‘I need to get this team fit’, that’s the last thing he needs to do at the moment. We all know how fit they are.

“He doesn’t have to think about that, he doesn’t have to worry about the fitness levels. He can concentrate on the tactics and the way they are going to play. That’s a real plus for a new coach.”

Leeds facing crucial run-in

Leeds United winger Raphinha with hands on hips

Marsch will want to hit the ground running at Leeds to pick the players’ heads up.

Bielsa admitted that his side had ran out of steam as they struggled to maintain their intense tactics.

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One report in fact outlined concerns for Marsch over players feeling exhausted after the past few weeks at Leeds.

But Marsch will hope to get his new players on his side as they fight relegation. Leeds sit 16th in the Premier League but Burnley and Everton below them have games in hand.

Saturday’s trip to Leicester is a good first test for Marsch and Leeds.

After that, they play Aston Villa and then Norwich in a crunch battle at the bottom.