A few of his neighbors turned up to congratulate him. Gareth Southgate was blessed with a collection of bright, young wide forwards but everything depended upon Kane’s fitness and form. This is the identity that Hasenhuttl has built over the last 12 months, a team that lacks superstars but shares a monstrous work ethic and desire to establish themselves as a top-half Premier League team. "From what Marcelo Bielsa inherited two-and-a-half years ago - a team that finished 14th in the Championship - to now automatic promotion to the [Premier League], it's absolutely fantastic. Marcelo Bielsa's side sealed promotion from the Championship with two games to spare, after West Brom failed to beat Huddersfield. Behind those three, Arsenal desperately lack a creative influence. S ixteen years have passed since Leeds last played a game in the top flight, the longest gap between Premier League fixtures for any club. Riyad Mahrez’s form has dropped off a cliff – majestic Leicester goal aside – while Bernardo Silva’s brilliance against Arsenal was the exception to his new rule. It’s a shame that it took until he turned 27 – why does he still feel so young? “I’m just trying to be more efficient in certain areas. And then he came, and on his first day he made the players pick up litter at the training ground, and you thought this was going to be different.”. The third was probably the best of the lot, shades of Dennis Bergkamp in the way Bamford opened up his body and used the covering defender as a guide to curl the ball into the far corner. It is a trait that extends beyond sport. The loss to Liverpool and draw against Manchester City contained hallmarks of Bielsa’s deliberately chaotic press and plan to unnerve high-class opponents that we assumed would see Leeds safe by Easter. Some matches are stalemates because both teams – and therefore both managers – are haunted by the potential for failure. Burnley, Sheffield United and Newcastle are Chelsea’s next three league opponents – they could well be back in the top four by then. Bernard had not played a minute all season, Delph is a workmanlike central midfielder who offers nothing more than Abdoulaye Doucoure and Allan can and Gordon is a willing teenager but not one who can yet seize a game and wrestle it back from an opponent. “That season had been a disaster for Leeds United,” Warrington remembered. In 2018, nine years after turning professional, he fought Lee Selby for the I.B.F. Leeds United, after 16 long years, was up. In the stands, Victor Orta, the technical director, was pumping his arms and screaming into the sky. West Brom lost at Huddersfield. Zaha has scored his five league goals this season from just 15 shots, indicative of his individual improvement but also the logic in keeping him central. But we must caveat their progress in the context of Saturday evening’s meagre fare. Back to earth with a bump. If either of Leeds’ closest rivals, West Bromwich Albion and Brentford, dropped so much as a point over the weekend, that would be it, and Leeds would be promoted. But Bamford is thriving in the Premier League, enjoying the benefits of supreme confidence. “It gives me a lot of freedom to move around and I’m in and around the box more, so it gives me more of a scoring opportunity,” Zaha says. If both of those don’t improve significantly – and quickly – they will go down. Liverpool have scored twice or more in 27 of their last 29 home league games. Facundo Arrizabalaga/EPA, via Shutterstock. Replicate this type of performance and that ceiling is higher than most Leeds supporters even dared to believe. “The whole city was behind me,” he said. It put Leeds, as he had always wanted, on the boxing map, creating another aspect of its identity. It was so farcical at times that it was embarrassing. With James limping, Lucas Digne joining Richarlison on the naughty step and Iwobi surely unlikely to start again soon, Ancelotti has selection headaches ahead of Newcastle and Manchester United. “For a long time, supporting Leeds had been a chore, a duty. “He gave us hope,” he said. Somehow they’ve kicked on again. He contributed four goals and three assists, ostensibly asked to be a creator but often given double coverage by opposition managers. — Duncan Alexander (@oilysailor) October 25, 2020. “If you read the back page of the paper, the football always dominates,” he said. It was an expensive version of Everton’s last season, lacking the creativity or speed to cause the opposition defence any serious headaches while simultaneously failing to protect City’s. Let’s let Opta’s finest say everything I want to: 24% of Jamie Vardy's PL goals have come vs Arsenal, Liverpool or Man City and you have to say fair enough. The club will clinch the Championship title if Brentford fail to win at Stoke on Saturday. Leeds got a soccer team relatively late — the first incarnation arrived only in 1905 — and the sport has never quite defined the city’s identity the way it does in Liverpool or Manchester. The second was thrashed into the top corner with minimal backlift to surprise goalkeeper and defenders that foolishly believed they had more time to react. In the last ten Premier League gameweeks, six different English players have scored Premier League hat-tricks. That simply has to improve. "When I played that last game in 2004, 16 years ago, you never envisaged that Leeds United would be out of the top flight for so long, and even dropping to the third tier of English football. More recently, for much of the country, the association of Leeds and soccer has been a negative one. One day, he decided — for reasons that he cannot quite remember — to expand his repertoire. They should not be hamstrung by their own fear. “The reaction was amazing,” he said. Amid all the discontent and despair, Leeds has found pride in the sheer mass of its support, so much so that the phrase “Leeds would have taken more” has become a meme. In 19 second-half minutes they conceded one fewer goal than they had in their previous eight league games combined. Fulham rank 11th in the division for touches in the opposition box and fifth for shots. Even if the Bees are victorious, a draw at Derby in Leeds' game on Sunday will be enough. Guardiola has had rotten luck with injuries (Sergio Aguero, Kevin de Bruyne and Aymeric Laporte) but a financial superclub doesn’t get to plead such misfortune for long. “Getting back has become a bit of an obsession,” McVeigh said. In recent years, Leeds has won fame in a host of Olympic disciplines. It is a compliment to Phil Foden that he changed the game on Saturday, but a damning indictment of those around him given his inexperience and youth. He created 36 chances, the most at the club but only enough to rank 42nd in the division. After a messy three years, Southampton finally have their USP back and this time it doesn’t seem to rely upon selling players for huge profit and getting every one of their replacements exactly right. He shifted the formation to a back three and registered Chelsea’s first away clean sheet since December 2019, itself a damning statistic. It would have seemed unthinkable 18 months ago that supporters might feel a change of coach may give City a much-needed shot in the arm, and will be unthinkable again if Guardiola reverses the current trends that hamper his team’s progress. Man City have reacted to the Leicester debacle by becoming solid. A year ago, it seemed unlikely that any English striker could offer a natural replacement for Harry Kane’s extraordinary goal record. “Like a comfort blanket.”, Lost and Now Found, Leeds Returns to the Premier League. But it is also a rugby city: the sport predates soccer in Leeds by several decades. Thomas Partey and Arsenal were very good; Paul Pogba and Manchester United were very bad. “I don’t speak English, but thank you.” They smiled. And when Ancelotti turned to his bench in hope of second-half salvation, Anthony Gordon, Fabian Delph and Bernard were his only options. Nicolas Pepe produces in flashes but experiences long periods of games where he is far too easily shackled by competent defenders. Lampard did indeed solve Chelsea’s problems of defensive vulnerability, but this was not balance. Leeds United players celebrated their promotion in a suite at Elland Road as fans gathered on the square below them. Leeds United promoted to Premier League - ending 16-year wait.
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