Leicester City – Leeds United: Jesse Marsch Gets Off To An Encouraging Albeit Losing Start (1-0)
Jesse Marsch made his Premier League debut as he took Leeds United to visit Leicester City in a very important match. With just a two-point buffer to the relegation zone, points are precious for the visitors, especially because the likes of Burnley and Everton below them were starting to pick up good results. Although Leeds suffered defeat yet again, they certainly had lots of positives to take away from their performance.
Tactical analysis and match report by Neel Shelat.
There is little space for sentiment in the elite level of football, and that was evident when Leeds United took the unquestionably tough decision to part ways with Marcelo Bielsa after the Argentine had spent almost four years in charge of the club. They could ill afford to dwell on his departure, though, and Jesse Marsch was given the difficult job of succeeding the legendary Argentine tactician in Yorkshire.
In the opposite dugout, Brendan Rodgers was not enjoying the best of times either as his Leicester City side were in the bottom half of the table with just one win in their last five league matches. Their best shot at European football next season must now be winning the Europa Conference League, so their primary focus might have shifted to that competition already. They were still ten points away from the magic number of forty in the Premier League, but with five sides between them and the drop zone, relegation probably was not a concern.
The hosts had a hefty injury list particularly in defense as Wesley Fofana, Timothy Castagne, James Justin, Ricardo Pereira and Ryan Bertrand were all sidelined, so Hamza Choudhary was forced to deputize at right back alongside Daniel Amartey, Çağlar S . . .