Time management

Match Preview: Brighton vs Leeds United – Through It All Together

Summary

Another turbulent weekend for the Whites leaves Marcelo Bielsa’s side back to sitting just one place above the relegation zone following a disappointing 2-1 defeat to Tottenham Hotspur in North London on Sunday evening. Following the last Premier League game (a draw at home to Leicester City before the international break), Leeds kicked off at the imposing Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in high spirits.

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Another turbulent weekend for the Whites leaves Marcelo Bielsa’s side back to sitting just one place above the relegation zone following a disappointing 2-1 defeat to Tottenham Hotspur in North London on Sunday evening. Following the last Premier League game (a draw at home to Leicester City before the international break), Leeds kicked off at the imposing Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in high spirits.

The Whites dominated the home side with a number of promising efforts before Dan James netted his first goal for the club from close range, inciting an echoing chorus of boos at halftime towards Antonio Conte’s side in what marked an eventful first home match in charge for the Italian. But the game’s narrative quickly reversed.

In typical fashion, the clash fell into the ‘game of two halves’ cliche as Spurs hit the woodwork twice in seven minutes before the inevitable goals transpired. Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg equalised, and then Sergio Reguilon tapped in a rebound to give Conte a needed first win, and a big missed opportunity for Marcelo Bielsa and Leeds United.

Following what was a juxtaposed performance, devoted Leeds midfielder and England international, Kalvin Phillips, spoke to the media in an interview that was at times reminiscent of Luke Ayling’s notably defeated interview following the 2-0 loss to Nottingham Forest in Leeds’ promotion season from the Championship last year.

That game arrived during a time where cracks were beginning to show in the White’s promotion bid, to which goals from Sammy Ameobi and Tyler Walker stole the three points and left Bielsa’s team evidently crushed. In hindsight, the loss only emphasised how much the players truly cared, after a devastated Luke Ayling attempted to justify what had just happened during a difficult post-match interview.

Yet, that game became the catalyst of a Bielsa renaissance to drive this wilful Leeds squad to go on and gain the promotion they deserved – as they did well. But Phillips’ post-Spurs interview resurrected a similar downbeat mood as he felt Leeds lacked concentration at times and failed to implement effective time management in a game they felt they could honestly compete in before the match, but eventually fell short.

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Source: https://throughitalltogether.sbnation.com/2021/11/26/22803245/match-preview-brighton-and-hove-albion-vs-leeds-united-premier-league