After a tough first half, the away side finally got what they needed through Chris Martin’s equalising goal during the second half’s stoppage time. This tactical analysis will provide an analysis of the 1-1 draw between Leeds United and Derby County. Meanwhile, using statistics, we will point out the standout tactical points in Bielsa’s tactics and Cocu’s tactics.


Bielsa lined his side up in his familiar 4-1-4-1 formation with a view of turning into a 4-3-3 or a 3-4-3 depending on the situation. The home side were left without the services of Adam Forshaw, who missed out through a hip injury. Youngster Jamie Shackleton was given the nod, as he completed the midfield three that already consisted of Kalvin Phillips and Mateusz Klich.

Luke Ayling was also thought to be returning to the squad after the former Bristol City defender featured for the Under-23. But he also missed out as his position was replaced by Stuart Dallas and on the bench was another youngster in Robbie Gotts.

EFL Championship 2019/20: Leeds United vs Derby County - Tactical Analysis tactics
Leeds and Derby’s lineups []
Cocu also chose to line his Derby side in a familiar formation in the 4-2-3-1. Tom Lawrence was absent from this match through a one-match suspension and Florian Jozefzoon filled in his position. They also didn’t have the service of key wing-back Jayden Bogle as he continued to recover from his injury. Another two defenders in Craig Forsyth and Andre Wisdom also missed out due to similar reasons.


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