Here are your headlines from Leeds United on Friday, April 29.
Expert suggests Whites have ‘other equipment’
Leeds United have picked up 11 points and gone unbeaten in Jesse Marsch’s last five games. However, while the points are flowing smoothly, it feels like the Whites have been lacking in their last two performances when it comes to their use of the ball.
It was a 0-0 draw for Leeds at Crystal Palace on Monday and pundit and former Everton goalkeeper Tim Howard said he expected Leeds to move on to ‘a different outfit’ in the game and that he still believes they have that equipment to find in future performances. He told the Premier League on NBC:
“I think it’s a good result, one point closer to safety. I said at halftime, I think they have another kit, I still think they have another kit but they didn’t show it to us.”
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While Leeds couldn’t find that equipment against Palace, Howard was confident of his ability to protect himself. He claimed that ‘things are looking good’ for Los Blancos.
Mateusz Klich’s Leeds United heart to heart with Jesse Marsch
Mateusz Klich was substituted at half-time against Palace on Monday, with Robin Koch replacing the Poland international. Sky cameras captured what looked like a heated debate between Klich and Marsch at one point during the first half and, in his press conference on Thursday, the Leeds manager revealed that he and the midfielder Polish pitch had discussed how the match had gone for Klich following the match.
“First, it wasn’t anybody’s best game. Klichy and I talked after the game and talked about things that could be better, and then we also discussed how to handle the tough times.”
He explained the thinking behind the defensive change to Koch: “Obviously Mateusz is a more attacking player and Robin is a more defensive player, but there are different needs for different situations. I could see in the game that we struggled with the ball and even though Klichy normally helps us in those situations, I knew the defense at that point was going to be the most important factor because Crystal Palace sometimes had the ability to throw us off balance.”
Every word Marsch said in his pre-match press conference
On Thursday, Marsch gave his press conference ahead of Leeds’ clash with Manchester City on Saturday. The American spoke out on a wide range of topics and revealed he still believed Patrick Bamford would be likely to return in Leeds’ final fixtures.
Marsch said: “I suspect and can probably expect him to be on the pitch next week. So let’s see, we have to be careful, but we’re all optimistic for Patrick at this point.” Read here for the rest of Marsch’s answers.
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