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Leeds United boss Marcelo Bielsa: 'Attractive football vital to success'

Bielsa: 'Attractive football key to success'
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Leeds United head coach Marcelo Bielsa believes that playing attractive football is vital to success, citing examples set by Sir Alex Ferguson, Pep Guardiola and Jose Mourinho.

Leeds United head coach Marcelo Bielsa has stressed that playing attractive football is vital to success.

The Argentine has steered the Whites to the top of the Championship table with four wins and a draw from their opening five games.

Bielsa, one of the most esteemed coaches of his generation, insists that winning without style is impossible, citing examples set by Sir Alex Ferguson, Pep Guardiola and Jose Mourinho.

"You never win playing badly, you never win if you don't attack, you never win if you don't take into account the use of the ball," the 63-year-old told Sky Sports News. "Ferguson was a huge head coach and he never won without style.

"Football is not just reduced to a Guardiola style or a Mourinho style, both styles propose a path to reach success. You would not hear any head coach saying that style is above success. What he'd rather say is that with this style I have better conditions to reach success."

Leeds will move three points clear at the top of the table if they beat Middlesbrough on Friday night.


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3West Bromwich AlbionWest Brom28148657352250
4Sheffield UnitedSheff Utd28155846291750
5Middlesbrough281211531201147
6Derby CountyDerby2813784035546
7Bristol City2812883529644
8Hull City28117104135640
9Swansea CitySwansea28117103732540
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12Nottingham ForestNott'm Forest2891273932739
13Aston Villa2891275145639
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15Stoke CityStoke2891183335-238
16Sheffield WednesdaySheff Weds2898113345-1235
17Brentford28810104339434
18Preston North EndPreston2889114345-233
19Millwall2878133444-1029
20Wigan AthleticWigan2885152841-1329
21Rotherham UnitedRotherham28510132746-1925
22Reading2858153143-1223
23Bolton WanderersBolton2857161842-2422
24Ipswich TownIpswich2839162248-2618

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