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,
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.