West Brom vs Leeds: Sam Allardyce says it is easy to score against “crazy” Marcelo Bielsa’s side

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The manager of West Brom, Sam Allardyce has noted that it is easy to score against Leeds United and noted how he would try to understand why the coach of Leeds, Marcelo Bielsa, has been so “crazy” in his approach to games.

The 66-year-old English tactician stated this ahead of the West Brom league match against Leeds United scheduled for Tuesday, December 29, at 19:00.

Marcelo Bielsa is known in the Premier League as a risk-taker, a coach who would always allow his team to attack and score as many goals as possible. On the verge of doing so, the defense of the team is always opened to conceding goals.

This approach has led Leeds United to suffer some heavy defeats in the Premier League including the most notorious of them all, the 6-2 defeat at the hands of Manchester United. Despite such a heavy defeat, the Argentine tactician has continued to maintain the style that gave Leeds promotion to the Premier League last season and that has kept Leeds on the 12th spot with 20 points in 15 league games.

So far this season, Leeds United have scored 25 goals in 15 games and conceded 30 goals in the same number of league games. This means that they have conceded more goals than they have scored despite being a high-scoring side.

Due to these stats, Sam Allardyce believes that it would be easier for his struggling West Brom to score against Leeds but he noted that it might not be as easy as it seems.

Sam Allardyce and Leeds' Marcelo Bielsa.
West Brom coach Sam Allardyce and Leeds’ Marcelo Bielsa.

“I’ve got to work out why he’s so crazy,” Allardyce said. “It will be an interesting thought from myself tomorrow when we get in and look at how they play,” Allardyce said.

“We’ve got an idea. I watched them a little bit on the telly [on Sunday] against Burnley, I thought Burnley were robbed of a goal.

“We have to find a way of finding out how we can score against them, which sometimes seems pretty easy, but it’s never going to be as easy as that.

“In the opposite sense, they try and go out and score as many goals as they possibly can, so we’ve got to cancel that out.

“When you’re going to play against Leeds you know that we are trying to stop them from being as adventurous as they are, but also, can we expose the weaknesses and the gaps and spaces that they leave when they do go all-out attack?”

West Brom are currently placed 19th on the league table after suffering 9 defeats, 5 draws, and enjoying just a win in 15 league games. On Sunday, the struggling side gave Sam Allardyce a pleasant welcome present by stunning table toppers, Liverpool, 1-1 at Anfield.

The draw makes West Brom the second club in 34 league games to leave Anfield with a point. The point would serve as a confidence booster for the relegation-threatened team ahead of the league match against Leeds United later today.