Marcelo Bielsa Preparing To Play 3-3-1-3 Formation With Leeds This Season
Leeds United could well be playing an innovative 3-3-1-3 formation when they kick off the Championship season against Bristol City on Sunday.
Marcelo Bielsa is known for his creative tactics and having played 4-3-3/4-1-4-1 for the majority of last season, where they were top of the league at Christmas before burning out in the latter end of the season, the Argentine is considering a change of system.
The fundamentals will remain the same, with Bielsa feeling as though Leeds players have an understanding of his principles and ideas - but as per the Daily Mail, he is set to switch to something that hasn't yet been seen in English football.
The 64-year old has used it before while managing the Chile national team and deployed it during a friendly with Cagliari last weekend. In a nutshell, it's three central defenders, three deeper midfielders, one advanced midfielder and three forward players - two of which will likely play wider.
It's a highly flexible and fluid system and one that might just see Leeds given their attacking options such as Jack Clarke, Pablo Hernandez, Kemar Roofe, Patrick Bamford, Jack Harrison,
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Last season Bielsa hit headlines after he was caught sending a member of his analysis team to watch Derby County train ahead of their Championship clash.
El Loco then shocked everyone when he called a press meeting to reveal the incredible detail of his match preparation in the form of a powerpoint presentation.
He could be the most thorough and knowledgeable manager in the game and we're extremely excited to see what he has up his sleeve in the coming campaign.
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