You can achieve great things with Leeds United, but rarely the way you want to. Here is what people get for giving everything to Leeds.
Two football clubs, both making comebacks from the third tier. Two very different paths.
Gaetano Berardi has asked The Square Ball to share this open letter with Leeds fans, alongside the official announcement that, after almost seven years, he’s leaving Leeds United.
In a season of surprises, Leeds United are now both on holiday and the best team in the Premier League, another feat for the record books.
“It was just like winning the FA Cup,” said Gordon Strachan, when Leeds United’s away jinx was finally broken. “I don’t think there were celebrations like this when we won the league title.”
Bielsa’s Leeds have not adapted to the Premier League this season, they’ve just got better at being themselves, and now the Premier League has to adapt its understanding of what Bielsa’s Leeds are all about.
When Leeds woke up on Saturday morning, they’d achieved nothing so far. Apart from gaining the ability to do anything they want.
Leeds had been steadily increasing their tempo since October 1988, but there was something new in their play that hadn’t been there before. Leeds always had belligerence, but now there was arrogance.
Leeds United can put Brighton on the list, then, with Wigan, QPR and any team managed by Garry Monk, of clubs confronting Marcelo Bielsa with an inexplicable hex.