Last season Leeds United and Norwich City both finished on 60 points in the EFL Championship. That tally saw them end the campaign in 13th and 14th respectively. This term has seen a dramatic upturn in the fortunes of each club, who now find themselves level on points at the summit of the table. Their encounter back in August resulted in a 0-3 victory for Leeds, but this time Daniel Farke was out for revenge against Marcelo Bielsa.
The German coach produced a masterclass in game management to seal all three points at Elland Road on Saturday, putting them top on goal difference. This tactical analysis will dissect the Canaries’ convincing 3-1 win over their promotion rivals.
Leeds set up in a 4-1-4-1 shape, while Norwich lined up in their usual 4-2-3-1 formation. The away side were without defender Timm Klose and midfielder Moritz Leitner. Meanwhile, Bielsa decided to select Pontus Jansson and Tyler Roberts in place of Kalvin Phillips and Jack Clarke.
Adam Forshaw was tasked with playing the pivot role for the home team. Dynamic wide-man Esgjan Alioski was deployed as an attacking full-back, looking to overlap the inverted Pablo Hernandez at every opportunity. Tyler Roberts and Mateusz Klich’s roles were to find space behind Norwich’s midfield press.
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