Leeds United – Wolverhampton Wanderers: Deflected Strike Dampens Another Positive Leeds Showing (0-1)
Leeds failed to capitalize on their positive wide play during Wolves’ sluggish start out of their 5-3-2 defensive shape. Marcelo Bielsa’s outfit got in behind the Wolves wing-backs frequently but were unable to cash in on all their crossing opportunities. A fortuitous second-half goal made the difference for the away side as Leeds captured hearts rather than points in yet another great performance.
Tactical analysis and match report by Julian Chingoma.
On returning to the Premier League, Leeds have turned in impressive performances which have drawn plenty of praise. After four games, which included fixtures against Liverpool and Manchester City, they were in ninth place and looking to jump to third place on the table. An intriguing clash awaited as they looked to continue their impressive start to the league campaign. Nuno Espírito Santo’s Wolves would offer the next test for Marcelo Bielsa’s exciting outfit.
Wolves, a side not unfamiliar with punching above their weight, were only a point behind Leeds, although they were lying in fifteenth place. A terrible 4-0 loss to West Ham United has clouded a decent start during an incredibly unpredictable season thus far. This early on, a win would have seen a dramatic jump up the table for Wolves.
Marcelo Bielsa had intended for Liam Cooper to continue in central defense alongside Robin Koch but Cooper pulled up during the warmup. This . . .