Bielsa got the Arsenal boost he needed for Norwich change as Leeds United rebuild progresses – Beren Cross – .

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Bielsa got the Arsenal boost he needed for Norwich change as Leeds United rebuild progresses – Beren Cross – .


The Drama-Free Debut of Drameh
After watching Sam Greenwood, Stuart McKinstry, Crysencio Summerville, Charlie Cresswell and Joe Gelhardt make their breakthroughs at Leeds United over the past 13 months, it was finally Cody Drameh’s turn last night.

The right-back was held in high regard as so many of those aforementioned Under-23 stalwarts, but the path just hadn’t opened in the same way for him.

Luke Ayling, Jamie Shackleton and Stuart Dallas had this area of ​​the pitch nailed between them, but with fitness issues for the top two and the Northern Irishman at left-back, a Cup match turned out to be ideal. for Drameh.

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Any seasoned spectator under the age of 23 will know how well the former Fulham youngster performed under Mark Jackson.

Drameh’s specialty has been his one-on-one defense. The 19-year-old has a tall order and hardly ever seems to be beaten by his opponents when it comes to an isolated battle on this channel.

As he showed at Emirates Stadium, however, Drameh is just as keen to move forward and affect the game in opposition third.

Not much has fallen on him in that regard, but when you consider the nerves there must have been, at least in the first 15 minutes, Drameh showed bravery and willingness to back the attacks at the risk of leaving its exposed flank.

There have been a few occasions when the tagging system has been exposed by the Gunners to the right of the United States.

With Rodrigo squeezing one of the center-backs or Bernd Leno in possession, Jack Harrison came in from the right to squeeze the other center-back, meaning Drameh then pushed to squeeze Sead Kolasinac, leaving Diego Llorente to keep an eye on Gabriel Martinelli came out wide, while also covering Pascal Struijk in his battle with Eddie Nketiah.

There have been a few occasions where Llorente has been caught in between these two tasks, but given how often Drameh and Harrison have pushed, you feel like this was something Marcelo Bielsa wanted to see.



Leeds United’s Cody Drameh is challenged by Arsenal’s Gabriel Martinelli in the Carabao Cup match at the Emirates Stadium

Either way, Drameh recovered most often to support Llorente if and when Martinelli recovered the attacking ball.

“A presence that was deserved, since Drameh has been here at Leeds United it’s the best time he’s had,” said Bielsa. “In general I think his participation in today’s game he was good. “

Drameh is seen as the future of the club at right-back. Ayling and Dallas are in their 30s and Shackleton continues to evolve between defense and midfielder. Tuesday night represented Drameh’s next step on this path to the first team.

Cup subs are killing the beat again

Pressure from Pep Guardiola has finally revealed in a competition that he has come to dominate as a head coach in recent years.

The Manchester City boss was fed up with his players getting sick and tired from the minutes demanded on the pitch by professional football.

What competition will weaken and show sympathy? The EFL Cup, of course, a competition in which City are one of the few clubs to take it seriously with the strength of their squad selections.

Five substitutes were allowed last night in a strange rule change midway through the competition. Bielsa used them all but appeared to interrupt the team’s pace from the first half.


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The changes to Crawley Town at the start of the year seemed pre-planned and while Tuesday’s game didn’t quite feel the same, he still felt that the amount of changes limited the cohesion of the first period.

The point is, it’s hard to really disagree with Bielsa’s rationale for making the five changes.

” I was thinking [Maetusz] Klich could take advantage of the chances we had in the first half because he is a more attacking player than [Adam] Forshaw, ”he said.

“And then after Tyler’s change [Roberts], the pair of Gelhardt and Rodrigo we should try it [and attack].

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” Change [of Liam] Cooper for Diego [Llorente]: What I had in mind is that the succession of matches is not always great for Llorente.

« [Daniel] James and Rodrigo, who made significant contributions in the first half, as the game progressed they began to lose the energy to attack and consistently generate movement.

“And I think Summerville and Greenwood could add some freshness and agility to our game.

“Of course, I describe intentions and I also make myself responsible for the effects of substitutions because situations are well done if it improves what you want to do.



Leeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa on the sideline in the Carabao Cup fourth round at the Emirates Stadium
Leeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa on the sideline in the Carabao Cup fourth round at the Emirates Stadium

“Obviously, the attacking game in the second half, what we wanted to strengthen, we did not manage to achieve.

“And I don’t think it has anything to do with individualities, but clearly playing the game and the solutions I chose were not the right ones. “

Halftime changes aren’t unusual for Bielsa, Gelhardt is someone many hoped to start anyway, Llorente’s injury record made his start risky and Rodrigo and James looked jaded.

As always, Bielsa blamed himself and agreed that the solutions he applied weren’t the right ones in a game where the opening goal effectively killed the space Leeds needed in Arsenal’s half. .

Phillips lays the foundation for Carrow Road

There was some perplexity when Kalvin Phillips was absent from the Under-23 roster against Brighton & Hove Albion last Friday night.

On Thursday, Bielsa had rightly said that Phillips was not cooked enough for a Premier League game after three weeks without competition, but then completely avoided the next best opportunity to take minutes in his legs.

The midfielder was included in Saturday’s squad, so Bielsa may not have wanted to play Phillips the day before or risk needing him in an emergency at Elland Road.

Or, Bielsa just wanted to keep him out of danger for a total of 90 against much firmer opposition on Tuesday night.



Kalvin Phillips is suing Arsenal's Ben White after returning from injury last night.
Kalvin Phillips is suing Arsenal’s Ben White after returning from injury last night.

It would have been confusing if the England international hadn’t appeared at the Emirates Stadium, but with 90 in the legs and a pretty decent outing he is now ready for that crucial game at Norfolk.

A post-match indication from Bielsa on Raphinha’s likely availability for the game means Leeds are looking for a much stronger outfit ahead of this game.

Out of the Cup and on Norfolk

There was finally a glimmer of cup magic for Bielsa in Leeds. Making the fourth round of the EFL Cup was the furthest his team had gone in any of the knockout competitions under his leadership.

While Premier League form left a lot to be desired, the prospect of qualifying for the quarter-finals had Bielsa dreaming of at Wembley and a big day for Leeds City.

So close and yet so far. Arsenal smothered him again and in a way so similar to most other cup outings with Bielsa.

From the romantic notion of Bielsa in a cup final with Leeds, a loss brought us all back to reality and the idea of ​​cup races is a distraction and the league needs every ounce of attention.

And based on the first nine games, it’s hard not to agree. After a win, Leeds must seriously start racking up points ahead of the intimidating games in December.



Norwich City defender Ben Gibson is sent off against Chelsea and will be suspended for the Leeds clash.
Norwich City defender Ben Gibson is sent off against Chelsea and will be suspended for the Leeds clash.

Norwich City have two points out of 27 available and have conceded 23 goals in nine games with an average of over two and a half dispatched goals per game.

After Norwich’s seven goals at Stamford Bridge, Whites must set another scorer on Sunday, especially if Phillips and Raphinha play, as hoped.

The Canaries have the makings of one of the worst teams in top flight history and Leeds have to be seen to put them at the edge of the sword, even if it’s far from home.

Fans are ready for another reminder of why this season can still be a success and mean more good times than bad.

The momentum to beat Watford was lost by the international break and Southampton, then the inspiring retaliation against Wolverhampton Wanderers was quickly forgotten in a lackluster display at Arsenal.

Morale is low on the terraces and a trip to the basement must be part of another boost before Europa League hopes Leicester City, Tottenham Hotspur and Brighton tackle Leeds de Bielsa in the the next international break.

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