New Leeds United boss Jesse Marsch has revealed the small tweak which can help his team to ‘find goals’, following their 1-0 loss to Leicester City.
Marsch took charge of the Whites for the first time after being appointed on February 28 to replace Marcelo Bielsa. His team showed some signs of promise but, despite having several good chances, could not get past the impressive Kasper Schmeichel in goal.
Leeds went behind in the 67th minute as Harvey Barnes linked up with Kelechi Iheanacho before finishing into the bottom corner.
And they could not find an equaliser before the final whistle, making it 14 defeats this campaign for the West Yorkshire outfit.
Marsch certainly has work to do to get Leeds away from the relegation zone. But he was noticeably upbeat during a post-match interview with BT Sport.
“I have a fresh perspective,” the American said (via BBC Sport). “I look at the faces on the team and obviously they are disappointed because they know they have played well and deserved a result.
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“After four days together and to have changed a lot of the tactics, I am really proud of the group to have stayed so stable at the back, not to have given much away and to have controlled so much of the match.
Jesse Marsch emphasises ‘fresh mindset’
“I don’t like to be screaming from the bench so much, but for me it is a good performance, there was clarity on the pitch and it was a good game from us.
“I understand there is stress, but we have to stay clear and maintain a clear, fresh mindset.”
The manager then explained how Leeds can add to their goalscoring tally: “I saw we had the lion’s share of chances and shots, with a bit more calmness we will find goals.
“They are getting to know me, we are getting to know each other. To play so well at a tough place to play it doesn’t feel right that we didn’t get what we deserved but that is sport. 100% something to build on. A big first step for us.”
American reacts to first Prem outing
Marsch was also asked about experiencing the Premier League for the first time, during a separate interview with BBC Match of the Day. The coach said: “Football is football. I know the league is so big and the fan support is so great. Our fans were awesome, the passion and support they gave to the team.
“But if you have been in football it doesn’t matter where you have been. My focus is on the group, helping them get better and improve.
“This is my office, whether in the Bundesliga or Premier League. I just want to help the players be the best they can be.
“We play like this and we will get enough points to take care of ourselves and that’s what we have to focus on and not let the table affect our mentality, commitment and clarity.”