'Do you know what I loved?' - Jeff Stelling delighted by one thing he's noticed about Leeds boss Bielsa

Jeff Stelling has hailed Leeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa for his refusal to acknowledge when his side are beaten.

Saturday, 20th February 2021, 7:00 pm
Marcelo Bielsa, Manager of Leeds United. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

The Whites have been involved in a number of high-scoring matches since returning to the Premier League at the beginning of the campaign, and were involved in another dramatic thriller against Arsenal last weekend.

The Gunners took a four-goal lead in that clash before Leeds hit back in the second half to finish the game 4-2.

But despite the dire situation that his side found themselves in at one stage, Bielsa was his usual animated self on the touchline throughout – much to Stelling’s delight.

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Speaking on Sky Sports’ Soccer Saturday, the host said: “Things are not quite going the way that Leeds would want at the moment.

"But if you look back to that Arsenal game, do you know what I loved?

"They were 4-1 down and it’s pouring rain, and Marcelo Bielsa is out on the touchline still encouraging, still believing, still thinking he can make a difference.

"I just love that in him.”

Panel member Paul Merson responded: “I believe he does think that.

"I watch them play – they don’t play to the scoreboard, they just keep going.

"Even when they go 4-0 down and it goes to 4-1, I sit there and I think, ‘They’ve got a chance here, Leeds’. It’s the way they play, you think, ‘If they score here, it’s game on’.

"That's why I love watching them. I can understand what the manager’s doing.

"I don’t know when they game is safe when you’re playing against Leeds, I really don’t.”