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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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Tables
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Norwich CityNorwich1710342820833
2Middlesbrough178721981131
3Leeds UnitedLeeds1786329171230
4Sheffield UnitedSheff Utd179352719830
5West Bromwich AlbionWest Brom1784537251228
6Derby CountyDerby178452520528
7Nottingham ForestNott'm Forest176922316727
8Swansea CitySwansea177551913626
9Blackburn RoversBlackburn176832021-126
10Queens Park RangersQPR178271822-426
11Aston Villa176652723424
12Birmingham CityBirmingham175932320324
13Bristol City176472019122
14Stoke CityStoke175751920-122
15Brentford175662723421
16Wigan AthleticWigan176291926-720
17Sheffield WednesdaySheff Weds175572130-920
18Preston North EndPreston174672630-418
19Rotherham UnitedRotherham174671423-918
20Reading174492429-516
21Millwall174492229-716
22Hull City174491624-816
23Bolton WanderersBolton174491123-1216
24Ipswich TownIpswich171881428-1411

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