First Test Passed with Flying Colours

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Heading into Sunday’s game against Stoke City was a nervous affair with many Whites supporters a little uncertain over what to expect after the only major transfer being the addition of Patrick Bamford whilst seeing the talented Ronaldo Vieira head to Sampdoria in a £7 million deal.

However, as kick off came around, it soon became clear that new head coach Marcelo Bielsa’s pre-seasons instructions have been heeded with aplomb.

Right from the off Leeds were intense pressing Stoke back and not allowing them to breathe on the ball and the promotion favourite Potters were left looking lost.

Forgotten man Mateusz Klich put the Whites ahead to show Leeds fans what they had missed out on last season with the Pole who spent six months on loan at Utrecht looking like a man out to prove a point.

An error by Stoke goalkeeper (and former Leeds loanee) Jack Butland allowed Pablo Hernández strike to slot home and Leeds were good for their 2-0 lead at the break.

Even though an Afobe penalty got Stoke back into the game, it was clear that Bielsa had drilled discipline into his white’s side (something that was seriously lacking last season) and when Liam Cooper nodded home still with over half an hour to go, there was a feeling that there was no way Leeds were going to throw this away, and they didn’t.

A 3-1 home win is the perfect way to start the campaign especially against many people’s tip for the title, but it is still early days.

Captain Cooper made it quite clear that they had achieved nothing so far and that things had only just begun.

Wise words indeed but there is still the sense that something has changed at Elland Road this season and already there looks a calculated almost unforgiving approach from Leeds.

Owner Andrea Radrizzani was at the tunnel at the final whilst and patted each player on the back in a show of unity not seen at Leeds for some time.

The issue, however, is whether that intensity can be maintained over the course of the season, that will be the true test of Bielsa’s management.

However, considering £10 million-man Bamford and star defender Pontus Jansson did not even make it onto the pitch, things are looking very rosy after round one of the Championship.

Just think how good we could be of Bielsa could speak English?

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