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Bara Klopp kan rädda Leeds

En PR-byrå som jobbar med ett företag som kör manager-simulering har granskat några kända tränare och vilken effekt de hade haft på Leeds United. Tydligen heter frälsaren Jürgen Klopp och han är ensam om att ta Leeds tillbaka till Premier League, men jag är tveksam om ens han hade hanterat den pågående härdsmältan i Yorkshire.

Leeds with Alex Ferguson as manager:

  • Leeds finish 10th under Ferguson on 67 points
  • The fans dislike Ferguson from the moment he takes charge because of his affinity with Manchester United
  • Ferguson plays a 4-2-3-1 tactic with a quick passing game and emphasis on counter-attacking
  • The team struggle to adapt to this playing style until the second half of the season when they go on an 8 game unbeaten run
  • The pressure from the fans also has an impact on the team’s results
  • Ross McCormack is the stand out player of Leeds’ season, scoring 15 goals, making 9 assists and earning an average rating of 7.39
  • Another excellent performer under Ferguson is Sam Byram who thrives at right-back with the more fluid system that his new manager operates with
  • Stephen Warnock (left-back) makes 7 assists, the second highest in the Leeds side, as the counter-attacking football allows him to get forward and supply crosses into the box

Leeds with Pep Guardiola as manager:

  • Leeds finish 12th under Guardiola on 65 points
  • Guardiola struggles to get the best out of a squad that doesn’t have the technical skill of the other teams that he has managed
  • His side are very poor at defending set pieces, conceding the most from corners and free-kicks in the league which suggests that the team were not understanding Guardiola’s tactical instructions
  • Guardiola plays a 4-5-1 using Randolph Austin in a similar role to Sergio Busquets and playing Ross McCormack as a False nine
  • Sam Byram is the best player of the season for Leeds with an average rating of 7.25 with Stephen Warnock second on 7.08 as once again both full-backs enjoy being able to push forward under Guardiola’s tactics
  • Ross McCormack is top scorer with 16 goals
  • Luke Murphy is Leed’s top assist maker with 7 but the low number shows that the team cannot adapt to Guardiola’s tiki-taka style and the team’s pass completion average (71%) is amongst the bottom half of the league

Leeds with Jurgen Klopp as manager:

  • Leeds finish 6th in the league under Klopp on 74 points
  • They win their play-off to get through to the premier league after defeating Crystal Palace
  • Klopp plays a 4-2-3-1 tactic that focuses on a short but direct and quick passing game and an emphasis on pressing and hassling opponents when out of possession
  • For long periods of the season, the Leeds players struggle to meet the stamina and fitness levels required to maintain a high energy style of play
  • Ross McCormack finishes the season as Leeds’ top scorer with 17 goals
  • Randolph Austin finishes the season as Leeds’ leading assist maker with 8 assists
  • Sam Byram has the highest average rating with 7.20
  • The attacking players in Leeds’ side cope better with Klopp’s style of play better than the defenders
  • Defensively, both full backs are the stand out performers with Byram and Warnock enjoying the pressing and fluidity of Klopp’s tactic

Leeds with Nigel Clough as manager:

  • Leeds finish in 16th place on 58 points
  • Clough plays a 4-2-3-1 but with a more direct style than any of the other managers
  • He also plays El- Hadji Diouf on the right wing whereas the other managers had used him on the left wing and Diouf’s performances improve as a result
  • The rest of the midfield perform averagely with the direct style of play
  • McCormack is once again the team’s top scorer with 17
  • Randolph Austin makes the most assists with 8
  • Sam Byram is the team’s top performer with a 7.53 average rating, closely followed by Diouf
Publicerad 2014-01-30 kl 16:19


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